• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Plan A Field Trip

School group in Balcony House. Click on the image to learn more about Balcony House educational tours for 3rd to 12th grade school groups.
School group in Balcony House


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)
Information for planning a school group visit to Mesa Verde National Park.

Activity Guide and Timetable (pdf, 75 kb)
Includes details about the time needed for specific activities. It also provides a blank time table sheet that may be helpful for planning a group visit.

Educational Fee Waiver Information
Accredited schools may apply for a waiver of entrance fees to Mesa Verde National Park.

Park Etiquette: Taking Care of Mesa Verde National Park
Before visiting the park, review these rules of park etiquette with your students. The goal at Mesa Verde National Park is to have everyone practice the 3 R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Reason.

Balcony House Educational Tours
The majority of the park is self-guided. However, subject to availability and staffing, Mesa Verde National Park offers a 1- 1/2 hour, curriculum-based ranger-guided tour of Balcony House, at no cost for 3rd to 12th grade educational groups. Group size is limited to 30 students per tour. Click here for more information.


For more information on school group visits to Mesa Verde National Park, contact the education coordinator.

Phone: 970-529-5079

Email: Click here

Did You Know?

Baron Gustaf Nordenskiold

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.