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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Fire News

Although the 2014 summer season began with hot, dry, breezy weather, welcomed rain showers in early August significantly reduced fire danger in the park.

Please see below for park updates on any fire restrictions or other fire related information.

 

STANDARD FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

  • Campfires are allowed in established fire grates at Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa Picnic Area.
  • Smoking is permitted outside, except within cliff dwellings and other archeological sites.
  • Please be careful with any fire source.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

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.