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 »
Mesa Verde Lifts Fire Restrictions
Contact: Jesse Farias Jr., 970-529-4641
Mesa Verde National Park has lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since July 2, 2011. “Over the past couple of weeks, we have had some significant rain showers across the park that have reduced the fire danger,” stated Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
Due to recent fire history and early fire season weather trends which indicated the possibility of a severe fire season, the park received ‘severity fire resources’ for the peak of the fire season. These firefighting resources included fire trucks and personnel from North Cascades National Park, Saguaro National Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Most of these fire fighters and trucks have returned to their home parks, but a few are still on hand in case conditions change.
“If the fire danger increases later in the season, restrictions may once again be implemented,” stated Chief Ranger Farias.
Did You Know?
Approximately 600 of the over 4700 archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park are cliff dwellings. Other sites include mesa top pueblos, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams.