• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park

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Date: June 20, 2012
Contact: Carol Sperling, 970-529-4628

Fire danger levels are now at "extreme" in Mesa Verde National Park, with continued hot, dry, and windy conditions forecast. The following fire restrictions take effect on Wednesday, June 20, 2012:

  ♦ No open fires, including charcoal fires, are permitted within Mesa Verde National Park
  ♦ No smoking is permitted outside of a vehicle within Mesa Verde National Park

This restriction includes all areas and residences within the park. Pressurized gas stoves are permitted at Morefield Campground and Chapin Mesa picnic area. Smoking is permitted only inside enclosed vehicles.

Fireworks are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park. 

This restriction shall remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. Your cooperation in decreasing the potential for a catastrophic fire within Mesa Verde National Park is appreciated. This prohibition is based on the Superintendent's authority under 16 United States Code, Section 3 and 36 Code of Federal Regulations subsections 1.5 Closures and public use limits (a)(1); 2.13 Fires (c); 2.21 Smoking (a); and 2.38 Explosives (b)(c).


Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

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.