Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park
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
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?
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.