Your Dollars At Work
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.
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.