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 Offers Free Winter Ecology Hike on Saturday, February 25
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Park Rangers will be leading a second guided hike focusing on winter ecology at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 9:00 am. The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is requested. Children are welcome and should be at least 7 years old to join the hike. Participants will meet at the Morefield Village gas station, and then explore the hillsides around the Morefield Campground, looking for signs of wildlife and observing adaptations of plants and animals in the winter months. Be prepared to be outdoors for 2 - 3 hours with extra layers of clothing, water, and snacks. There is a limit of 20 adults and children. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or you may bring your own. Park entrance fees are waived during the months of January and February. To sign up, for weather conditions, and for more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Museum at 970-529-4631.
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.