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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Fire Restrictions Lifted

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Date: July 23, 2012
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

Effective Monday, July 16, Mesa Verde National Park lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since June 20, 2012. "Over the past couple of weeks, we have had some significant rain showers across the park which has reduced the fire danger," stated Superintendent Cliff Spencer.

Mesa Verde is now in Stage 1 fire restrictions which means:

  • Campfires within designated fire rings in the Morefield Campground and picnic areas are permitted within the park.
  • Charcoal fires in fire grates or charcoal grills are permitted in Morefield Campground and the picnic area. Please make sure coals are out and cold before disposing of them.
  • Smoking is permitted within the park; please use caution.

Fireworks are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

"If the fire danger increases later in the season, restrictions may once again be implemented," stated Superintendent Spencer.  


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.