Tour Tickets to be Sold at Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Tickets for ranger-guided tours of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park will be sold at the park's new Visitor and Research Center beginning April 7, announced Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "We hope everyone will make the new facility their first stop," he said. The building is located just off US Highway 160 at the park entrance and is currently open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Effective April 7, the facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets may also be purchased at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. Extended summer hours begin on May 24, 2013.
The Far View Visitor Center, located at milepost 15 on the park road, is now closed to the public. All visitors should stop at the new Visitor and Research Center as they enter the park to obtain park information and purchase tickets for the ranger-guided tours.
Ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace begin on April 7, with tours offered hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On April 21, Balcony House opens to the public for four tours daily, offered at 9:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Student-oriented tours of Balcony House for school groups are available by reservation: call 970-529-5079 for information. Wetherill Mesa and Long House open for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013; tour tickets are required for Long House. Spruce Tree House is open daily with no tour ticket required. For more information on the park interpretive program schedule, visit the Operating Hours & Seasons page, or contact the park directly at 970-529-4465.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.