September 01, 2015
Mesa Verde National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative
Mesa Verde National Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
August 23, 2015
Free Plein Air Painting Demonstration by Mesa Verde Artist in Residence Milt Beens
Landscape artist J. Milton (Milt) Beens will serve as Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence from August 31 through September 13, 2015. Milt will offer a free plein air painting demonstration for the public from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September, 10, 2015 on the back porch of the Chief Ranger’s Office, located next door to the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum in Mesa Verde National Park.
August 17, 2015
Mesa Verde Honors 99th Birthday of National Park Service with Free Entrance
Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on Tuesday, August 25 to celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service. Admission to Mesa Verde National Park and all other National Park Service sites will be free.
August 11, 2015
Fall Season Schedules at Mesa Verde National Park
Fall season schedules at Mesa Verde National Park begin Tuesday, September 8, with additional schedule changes later in September and October.
August 11, 2015
“Preponderance of Evidence: The Intersection of Geology, NAGPRA, and Kennewick Man"
On Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park, Dr. Lillian Wakeley will present a thought-provoking talk about the 1996 discovery of the remains of 9,000 year old Kennewick Man and the resulting legal battles fought under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
July 21, 2015
“Race, Science, and Burials: The Impacts of NAGPRA on Mesa Verde"
On Thursday, July 30, as part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, Park Ranger Lara Lloyd will present a thought-provoking talk about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and how it impacts Mesa Verde. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park, and is free to the public.
June 30, 2015
Traditional Hopi Dances at Mesa Verde National Park
On Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, the Lomayestewa Family of Shungopovi Village, Second Mesa, Arizona will perform traditional Hopi dances at the Visitor and Research Center in Mesa Verde National Park. Performances begin at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. All programs are free and open to the public.
June 21, 2015
Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture
On Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 pm in the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host well-known rock art researcher and author Sally J. Cole. Ms. Cole will discuss bird figures found in petroglyphs and paintings of the Ancestral Pueblo tradition in the Four Corners region.
May 10, 2015
"We are particular to preserve...": The Wetherills and Archaeology of Mesa Verde and Beyond
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Harvey Leake, great-grandson of John Wetherill, will offera program about the Wetherill Family of Mancos, Colorado, regarding their archaeological investigations at Mesa Verde and elsewhere on the Colorado Plateau.
May 05, 2015
Artist in Residence Jerry Fleury to Portray “Mystical Mesa Verde”
Capturing images of Mesa Verde National Park that evoke a spirituality of landscape is the aim of visual artist and photographer Jerry Fleury, who will be in residence from April 27 through May 10, 2015. On Thursday, May 7, Fleury will lead three free one-hour photography workshops for the public.
May 05, 2015
Multi-Grammy®-Nominee David Arkenstone Named Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence for May 11-24, 2015
Three-time Grammy® nominated composer/performer/multi-instrumentalist David Arkenstone will serve as Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park from May 11 through May 24.
April 30, 2015
Wetherill Mesa Opens for Spring Season May 1
Wetherill Mesa opens for the spring season on May 1, 2015. Spring season activities include hiking most of the trails or riding your bicycle on the 5-mile Long House Loop paved trail. Long House and Step House are not open for visitation until May 22, 2015.
April 28, 2015
Artist in Residence Jerry Fleury to Portray “Mystical Mesa Verde;”
On Thursday, May 7, Artist in Residence, Jerry Fleury will lead three free one-hour photography workshops for the public.
April 22, 2015
Tourism to Mesa Verde National Park creates $60.1 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service report shows that 501,563 visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in 2014 spent $49.9 million in communities near the park.
April 21, 2015
Mesa Verde to Host Business Open House
Mesa Verde National Park invites local businesses to its Business Open House, Friday, May 8, 2015.
April 21, 2015
Mesa Verde National Park Trip-Planning Services Available at Colorado Welcome Center
A full range of trip-planning services including tickets for ranger-guided cliff dwelling tours and bus tours are now available at the Colorado Welcome Center at 928 East Main Street in Cortez.
April 09, 2015
Mesa Verde National Park Celebrates National Park Week with Free Admission
Come “Find Your Park” at Mesa Verde National Park during National Park Week, April 18 through 26. To get the celebration going, Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on April 18 and 19.
March 09, 2015
Mesa Verde National Park 2015 Artists in Residence Announced
The 2015 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence (AIR) have been selected and will be in residence as posted.
March 01, 2015
2015 Special Hikes and Tours in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering a series of unique ranger-guided educational experiences in 2015. Tickets for these special hikes are limited and must be purchased online at www.recreation.gov.
February 11, 2015
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park February 14 to 16
Mesa Verde National Park and all 405 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees for Presidents Day weekend, Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16, to honor our nation's leaders and their accomplishments.
January 29, 2015
Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Event Canceled
Due to insufficient snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures, all activities on February 1, 2015 for the Mesa Verde Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe event have been canceled.
January 23, 2015
Updates to Spring Schedules at Cliff Palace to Allow Preservation Work
Due to the complexity of preservation work to be completed at Cliff Palace this spring, Superintendent Cliff Spencer has announced that the site will not open for ranger-guided tours until Friday, May 22, 2015.
January 20, 2015
CANCELED - Mesa Verde Winter Festival Events
Due to insufficient snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures, all activities on January 24, 2015 for the Mesa Verde Winter Festival have been canceled.
January 12, 2015
Mesa Verde National Park Accepting Applications for Bicycle Rental Operation
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer announced today that the park will begin accepting applications for a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) for bicycle rental operations on Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park. The operation will also include stroller and wheelchair rentals.
January 05, 2015
Changes at Wetherill Mesa in Summer 2015
Visiting Wetherill Mesa in 2015 will involve a different set of opportunities than in years past, according to Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
December 17, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Holiday Schedule
Mesa Verde National Park is open through the holiday season, with limited services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On both days, the park road and overlooks are open, but visitor facilities are closed for the day. More specifics inside....