Fire Restrictions in Effect
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 Lifts Park Fire Restrictions
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park has lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since June 29, 2013. "Over the past couple of weeks, we have had some significant rain showers across the park that have reduced the fire danger," stated Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
Due to recent fire history and early fire season weather trends which indicated the possibility of a severe fire season, the park received 'severity fire resources' for the peak of the fire season. These firefighting resources included fire trucks and personnel from Acadia National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, North Cascades National Park and the U.S. Forest Service.
"If the fire danger increases later in the season, restrictions may once again be implemented," stated Chief Ranger Farias.
Did You Know?
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.