The 2013 summer season is shaping up to be very dry. The hot, dry, and breezy weather in June has resulted in extremely low fuel (vegetation) moistures throughout the park.
This page will provide park updates on any fire restrictions or other fire related information.
07/31/13 - Fire Restrictions Have Been Lifted for all Areas of Mesa Verde National Park
The park has received some significant rain showers over the last two weeks that have reduced the fire danger in much of the park. Chapin Mesa has received smaller amounts, so if fire danger increases again later in the season, restrictions may once again be implemented. Check back here for updates.
07/18/13 - Changes to Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park
The fire ban remains in effect south of the Far View area, including Chapin and Wetherill Mesas. These areas have received significantly less rain and remain at a higher fire danger level. Smoking (outside a vehicle) and open fires continue to be prohibited in these areas.
06/29/13 - Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park
This restriction includes all areas and residences within the park. Pressurized gas stoves are permitted at Morefield Campground and Chapin Mesa picnic area. Smoking is permitted only inside enclosed vehicles.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.