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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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    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 »

Our Partners

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Mesa Verde Foundation
Our web site contains information on Mesa Verde Foundation, Mesa Verde National Park, the Mesa Verde Cultural & Visitor Center, the history of the region, why public funds are needed to support the Park, and the events we sponsor to raise funds for the park.

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Mesa Verde Museum Association
MVMA supports the interpretive, educational, and research activities of Mesa Verde National Park. Books, maps, videos, park guides, trail guides, and other materials can be found here.

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ARAMARK Mesa Verde
ARAMARK is the concessionaire for Mesa Verde National Park. Information on lodging, camping, food services, gift shops, and guide services can be found here.

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Grand Circle
Within The Grand Circle lies America's largest concentration of National Parks. Our goal is to promote the incredible year-round vacation opportunities available to you in the Four Corners area of the Southwestern United States.

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Mesa Verde Country
Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of a week-long celebration that explores the region's many cultural and archaeological gems at the annual Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts and Culture Festival.

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Preserving Cultural Heritage Sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies.

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.