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 »
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Exhibit Area Temporarily Closed
Contact: Sue Johnson-Erner, 970-529-4612
On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, the Fire Suppression System in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ruptured causing the park to close portions of the exhibit areas. The museum lobby, diorama area, and auditorium will remain open for public visitation. Park entrance fees will be waived from February 7 to February 16 while repairs are made to the building.
The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional information may be obtained by calling the park's main information line at (970) 529-4465.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.