Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Plan A Field Trip
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Below are some helpful links that provide information for planning a field trip to Mesa Verde National Park. (To get the Free Adobe Reader, which is required to read the pdf files, click here.)
Planning Your Visit (pdf, 90 kb)
Educational Fee Waiver Information
Park Etiquette: Taking Care of Mesa Verde National Park
Balcony House Educational Tours
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.