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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Fire Ban Lifted in Mesa Verde NP

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Date: September 17, 2009
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

Mesa Verde Superintendent, Larry Wiese, in consultation with the park’s fire management staff, has lifted the fire ban that has been in effect since August 17, 2009. Recent September rains have lowered fire danger indices to below average levels for this time of the year. Effective September 17th, open fires or charcoal fires are no longer prohibited in Morefield Campground, Chapin Mesa Picnic Area or park residences. Park officials wish to thank park visitors and residents for their cooperation during the period of high fire danger in the park this summer.


Did You Know?

Baron Gustaf Nordenskiold

In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.