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 National Park Visitor Study and Economic Impacts Reports Available
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park were surveyed in summer 2012 as part of a visitor study completed by the University of Idaho's Park Studies Unit. Survey questions helped determine the demographic make-up of park visitors, as well as how they spent their time in the park and the area. The survey also addressed economic impacts to the region from park visitation. The local region was defined as Montezeuma and La Plata counties, which roughly coincides with the 50-miles radius from the park for which expenditures were reported.
Of the 676 questionnaires distributed to visitors, 477 were returned for a 70.5% response rate. Some results noted in the report summaries concluded that:
To download or read the reports, visit www.nps.gov/meve/parkmgmt/index.htm.
Did You Know?
Park Point, the highest elevation in the park (8427 ft/2569 m), has a 360 degree panoramic view that is considered one of the grandest in the country.