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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Your Dollars At Work

New biodiesel tram

Three environmentally friendly biodiesel trams have recently replaced the old gasoline powered trams at Wetherill Mesa.

NPS Photo

Mesa Verde National Park is a participant in the Interagency Recreational Fee Demonstration Program. The program authorizes participating parks to keep 80% of the entrance fees collected. These funds have been and will continue to be used for backlogged maintenance, repair projects, interpretation and education, signage, and natural and historical resource preservation. The remaining 20% is distributed to parks that are not part of the program but have similar needs, and other service-wide initiatives.


For information on how your dollars are being used at Mesa Verde National Park, please use the following link.


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.