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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Grand Opening Ceremony

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Date: May 16, 2013
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

Mesa Verde National Park cordially invites the public to join the Honorable John Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado and local dignitaries in a Grand Opening Ceremony for its new Visitor and Research Center (VRC). The ceremony will take place on May 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the VRC, located just off Highway 160 before the park entrance stations. Governor Hickenlooper will be signing Senate Bill 13-270, Wildfire Preparedness and Emergency Response Funds at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

The 23,620 square foot VRC consists of two components: a 16,256 square foot Research and Collection Facility and a 7,364 square foot visitor information center. The VRC houses the park's collection of over 3,000,000 artifacts as well as its archives. The archive and collection areas will be open to the public for viewing on Thursday, May 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other events taking place over the Memorial Day Weekend include:

May 24

Concert by Four Corners Community Band, 7:00 p.m., Morefield Amphitheater

May 25 Indian Arts and Culture Festival, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., VRC
May 25 Rug Auction, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Morefield Campground Store Patio
May 25

Pueblo Indian Dances, 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., VRC

May 26 Indian Arts and Culture Festival, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., VRC
May 26 Pueblo Indian Dances, 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., VRC


The VRC received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings.

Entrance fees to the park will be waived to help celebrate the occasion. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free visit in the park that day. Come join the celebration on Thursday, May 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m. For additional information call 970-529-4465.


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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.