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 »
Road Construction and Trail Work Return to Mesa Verde National Park
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Contact: Frank Cope, 970-529-4607
Road construction will return to Mesa Verde National Park this summer. Beginning on May 1 through September 30, all paved roadways throughout the park will receive long overdue pavement patching, crack sealing and chip sealing. The project includes the main entrance road, scenic routes, tram roads, campgrounds, and amphitheaters, parking areas, service roads, guest services and pullouts.
Visitors can expect minor delays through the construction zones with traffic control and temporary closures of some campground loops and parking areas while work is underway. No full closures to tour or visitor services will occur.
This project is administered by the Federal Highways Administration and is funded through the Federal Lands Highways Program. Park rangers and maintenance crews will be assisting throughout the project. While construction is underway, please watch for heavy construction traffic and obey all traffic control signs and flaggers as you travel throughout the park.
Maintenance crews will be replacing asphalt walkways to nine mesa top cultural sites and view areas. This work is scheduled to begin in mid-April and to be completed in October. Individual sites will be closed to visitation for short durations while work is in progress. Routine maintenance will be performed throughout the summer on currently accessed trails without disruption to the visiting public.
For more information about these projects, please contact Frank Cope, Chief of Maintenance at 970-529-4607.
Did You Know?
Descendants of Mesa Verde Ancestral Puebloans include the Hopi in Arizona, and the 19 Rio Grande pueblos of New Mexico: Taos, Picuris, Sandia, Isleta, San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque, Jemez, Cochiti, Pojoaque, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Acoma, and Zuni.