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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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    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 National Park Open During Weber Fire

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Date: June 25, 2012
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

All services and facilities at Mesa Verde National Park are open despite the wildfires burning east of the park, noted Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "We will do our best to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for travelers," he said. "However, visitors should be aware that the park may receive smoke that could cause difficulties for people with respiratory health issues. And as always, visitor safety is our first concern."

For safety reasons, the following fire restrictions are in effect:
♦No open fires are permitted within Mesa Verde National Park
♦No smoking is permitted outside of an enclosed vehicle within Mesa Verde National Park

The Weber fire is located east of the town of Mancos, Colorado, which is about 7 miles east of the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Prevailing winds generally blow smoke to the northeast, but localized weather cells can change wind direction at any time.

Websites from area newspapers are providing fire updates:
http://www.durangoherald.com/
http://www.cortezjournal.com/


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Did You Know?

View of mesas

The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.