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 Museum Receiving Electrical Upgrade
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum located in Mesa Verde National Park will be getting an electrical upgrade on November 7 and 8. The work includes the installation of energy efficient controls and power supply and will be done by Empire Electric out of Cortez along with Mesa Verde maintenance personnel.
The museum will remain open without electricity. Visitors will be able to tour the museum, but no lighting will be available. The Mesa Top Loop will remain open and free tours to Spruce Tree House will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Mesa Verde Museum Association Bookstore will also be open.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.