Fire Restrictions in Effect
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 »
Winter Activities in Mesa Verde
Contact: Rosemarie Salazar, 970-529-4629
Mesa Verde National Park is open with all winter services available. The winter schedule of programs will be in effect through March 5, 2011.
The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The only cliff dwelling open during the winter season, Spruce Tree House, can be visited on a ranger-guided walking tour offered daily at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. These one-hour tours are free and do not require a ticket. Interested visitors should meet the ranger in the lobby of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum just before tour time.
The Mesa Top Loop Road will remain open throughout the winter from 8:00 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. Heavy snowfall or icy road conditions may close the road temporarily. The main park road will remain open throughout the winter, subject to road closures after heavy snowfall.
The Cliff Palace Loop Road is closed to car traffic, and trails to Petroglyph Point and Spruce Canyon are closed for the season. The park has groomed the snow on the Cliff Palace Loop Road and a portion of Morefield Campground for skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors should contact the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum at (970) 529-4631 or park dispatch at (970) 529-4622 for updates on weather, road and trail conditions.
Food service is available at Spruce Tree Terrace, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Far View Lodge and Terrace, the Far View Visitor Center and the Morefield Campground are closed for the season. There is no gasoline or other fuel available in the park.
Additional information may be obtained by visiting the park's Winter 2010-2010 Visitor Guide online or by calling the park's main information line at (970) 529-4465.
Did You Know?
A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.