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January 24, 2014
Proposed New Management Plan for Controlling Invasive Nonnative Plants in Mesa Verde National Park
The National Park Service is proposing to develop a new management plan for controlling invasive nonnative plants throughout Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument in southwestern Colorado.

January 17, 2014
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on January 20
Mesa Verde National Park and all 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 20 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 11, 2014
Application Deadline Approaching for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program are being accepted through January 27, 2014. Professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists are offered the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park.

December 23, 2013
Holiday Open House Draws Visitors Despite Cold
The annual Holiday Open House and Luminaria display at Mesa Verde National Park drew over 1000 visitors last week, despite frigid temperatures and fresh snow.

November 07, 2013
2013 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2013 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

November 06, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Study and Economic Impacts Reports Available
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. The survey helped determine the demographic make-up of park visitors, as well as how they spent their time in the park and the area.

November 05, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Commemorates Veterans Day with Free Admission
The National Park Service and Mesa Verde National Park will join the nation in honoring all military veterans by offering free entrance for everyone during the Veterans Day weekend, November 9 through 11.

October 29, 2013
Mesa Verde to Continue Current Course of Action for Trespassing Livestock
In January, 2013, the National Park Service invited public comment regarding a proposal to develop a management plan specific to controlling unclaimed trespass livestock in Mesa Verde National Park. The purpose of such a plan would have been to address the various issues trespassing livestock have on the park’s natural and cultural resources.

October 29, 2013
Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Receives Recognition
The U.S. Department of Energy honored the National Park Service with a 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for the Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park. The new building opened to the public in December 2012 and offers visitor services and serves as a research and curatorial facility for the park.

September 27, 2013
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on September 28
Mesa Verde National Park will offer free admittance on Saturday, September 28 for National Public Lands Day. The 20th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

September 19, 2013
Mesa Verde Announces Upcoming Pottery Demonstration and Final Lectures of the 2013 Four Corners Series
Mesa Verde is proud to announce the final lectures in the Four Corners Lecture Series. These programs are free of charge and open to the general public. The next one is this Saturday, September 21.

September 19, 2013
Free Lecture by Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence James Branaman
Artist-in-Residence James Branaman will give a free lecture featuring his photography, including never-before-seen images of the park from his residency project. The program is on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library in Mesa Verde National Park.

September 19, 2013
Mesa Verde to Implement Prescribed Fire
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the week of September 22, 2013.

September 07, 2013
Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Sue King to Speak on September 12
MESA VERDE, CO: On Thursday, September 12, 2013, textile artist Sue King from Lancaster, Ohio, will speak on her work as an art quilter and demonstrate the use of silk screening as a form of surface design. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the library downstairs at Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, and is open to all.

September 07, 2013
Mesa Verde 2013 Fall Bike and Hike
Everyone is invited to Mesa Verde National Park’s annual “Hike and Bike” events on Wetherill Mesa on September 14 and 28. Entrance fees will be waived for those participating. Wetherill Mesa is closed for the season after Labor Day, but will re-open for hikers and bikers on September 14 and again on September 28.

August 30, 2013
2013 Fall Backcountry Hikes in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering backcountry experiences this Fall. These ranger-guided hikes include a 4-hour hike into Upper Navajo Canyon, a 4-hour hike on Wetherill Mesa, and an 8-hour hike to Spring House. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online at www.recreation.gov or at 1-877-444-6777.

August 13, 2013
National Park Service Turns 97 on August 25
Mesa Verde National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service on Sunday, August 25. To celebrate, admission to Mesa Verde National Park and all other national parks will be free.

July 31, 2013
Mesa Verde Lifts Park Fire Restrictions
Mesa Verde National Park has lifted the fire restrictions which have been in effect since June 29, 2013.

June 28, 2013
Fire Restrictions Within Mesa Verde National Park
Recent hot, dry, and breezy weather has resulted in extremely dry vegetation fuels throughout the park. Because of the very high fire danger, fire restrictions will take effect in the park on June 29, 2013.

June 26, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Releases a Draft Statement of Findings for Wetlands for Public Review and Comment
The National Park Service has released for public review, a draft Statement of Findings for Wetlands for a maintenance facility in the Morefield Canyon area of Mesa Verde National Park.

June 15, 2013
Search for Missing Texas Man Scaled Back
The search for Mitchell Stehling, which has been underway since last Sunday, has been scaled back due to lack of clues and new information.

June 14, 2013
Search for Missing Hiker Continues
Rangers and other emergency services personnel continue to search for Mitchell Stehling from Goliad, Texas.

June 11, 2013
Search for Missing Hiker
Rangers and other emergency services personnel are conducting a search and rescue operation for a 52-year old Texas man that was reported missing Sunday, June 9.

May 22, 2013
Fall Photography Multi-Day Workshop in Mesa Verde National Park
The nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association is offering a special fall three-day photography workshop led by well known photographer and Northern Arizona University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer. The workshop is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013, and is limited to 13 participants to ensure plenty of personalized coaching.

May 22, 2013
Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence Jill Haley to Perform New Park-Inspired Music
On Thursday, May 30, musician and composer Jill Haley will be presenting new works she wrote about Mesa Verde National Park while living in the park as an Artist-in- Residence. The public is invited to attend this free performance at 3:00 p.m. in the outdoor dining area at Spruce Tree Terrace on Chapin Mesa.

May 16, 2013
Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Grand Opening Ceremony
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 on May 23 at 10:00 a.m.

April 30, 2013
Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence Siri Beckman to Demonstrate Relief Printmaking
Siri Beckman, Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park, will give a free demonstration of her technique of cutting into wood in order to create an original print. The public is invited to attend her program at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Far View Lodge Library in Mesa Verde National Park.

April 22, 2013
Mesa Verde to Conduct Bobcat Canyon Prescribed Fire
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the week of April 22, 2013, as weather allows.

April 22, 2013
NEW 2013 Backcountry Hikes in Mesa Verde National Park. Tickets Now Available Online!
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering backcountry experiences in 2013. These ranger-guided hikes include a half-day hike into Upper Navajo Canyon, a 2- hour hike to Oak Tree House, an all-day hike to Spring House, and a half-day hike on Wetherill Mesa.

April 05, 2013
Mesa Verde to Conduct Prescribed Fire in April
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the weeks of April 6th through the 20th, weather permitting.

March 27, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center Receives LEED Platinum Rating
The new Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center (VRC) has received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the Council’s highest rating for sustainable buildings.

March 25, 2013
Tour Tickets to be Sold at Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
Tickets for ranger-guided tours of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park will be sold at the park’s new Visitor and Research Center beginning April 7, 2013.

February 27, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Tourism Creates $43,382 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service Report for 2011 shows that the 572,329 visitors to Mesa Verde National Park spent $43,382 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 574 jobs in the local area.

February 15, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park Winter Fun Festival
You are invited to participate in the first ever, all ages three-mile Nordic Fun Race on the Meadow Bliss Trail on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

January 18, 2013
Pile Burns this Winter at Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plans to implement three pile burns throughout the park.

January 18, 2013
Proposed Management Plan for Controlling Unclaimed Trespass Livestock in Mesa Verde National Park
The National Park Service is proposing to develop a management plan to control unclaimed trespass livestock in Mesa Verde National Park

December 21, 2012
Winter Recreational Opportunities at Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde National Park’s winter trail systems are open for winter recreational use. The trails include the Cliff Palace Loop Road, Wetherill Mesa Road Trail, Prater Canyon and Morefield Campground Trails.

December 21, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center Open!
The new Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park is open for business.

December 06, 2012
Mesa Verde Offers Winter Ecology Hike December 22
A free, winter ecology hike on plant and animal winter adaptations will be held in Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, December 22, 2012 beginning at 9:00 am.

November 30, 2012
Luminaria Holiday Open House, 2012
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2012 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 06, 2012
Mesa Verde Will Waive Entrance Fees on Veteran’s Day Weekend, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park will be joining all 398 national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veteran's Day Weekend, November 10 - 12, 2012, in recognition of current and former servicemen and –women.

October 30, 2012
Mesa Verde to Conduct Prescribed Fire
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement a prescribed fire during the week of October 29th, weather permitting.

October 30, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park Awarded Active Trails Program Grant for Winter Ecology Hikes
Mesa Verde is joining with the San Juan Mountains Association, the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society, and the National Park Foundation to offer a series of free winter ecology hikes during the 2012-2013 winter season.

October 10, 2012
Mesa Verde 2013 Artist-In-Residence Program
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2013 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. The program provides accomplished artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo People and the sweeping natural landscape of the park.

October 10, 2012
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Jan Wright
On Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the park’s Far View Lodge lounge (located above the Metate Room), Artist-In-Residence Jan Wright will present her paintings from her two weeks at Mesa Verde National Park.

September 20, 2012
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on September 29, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park will offer free admittance on Saturday, September 29 for National Public Lands Day. The 19th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

September 18, 2012
Mesa Verde Bike and Hike on Saturday, September 22, 2012
Everyone is invited to Mesa Verde National Park’s second “Hike and Bike” event for 2012 on the Wetherill Mesa tram road, held this Saturday, September 22.

September 14, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park Employees Participate in Feds Feed Families Food Drive
Mesa Verde National Park employees donated a total of 827 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Good Samaritan Distribution Center as part of the Feds Feed Families Campaign, June 1 through August 31, 2012.

September 14, 2012
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Gary Johnson
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome Gary Johnson as an Artist-in-Residence. Gary is a nationally known wildlife and landscape painter who paints the beauty and inspiration of the natural world. He will give a presentation of his artwork at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 21 at the Cortez Cultural Center.

September 11, 2012
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Jean Barnes Downs
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome Jean Barnes Downs as Artist-in-Residence. Downs specializes in one-of-a-kind monotype fine art prints. A presentation and workshop are scheduled for September 11 and 12, 2012.

September 05, 2012
Mesa Verde Announces 3rd Annual Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa
Everyone is invited to Mesa Verde National Park’s annual “Hike and Bike” events on the Wetherill Mesa tram road, Saturday, September 8 and Saturday, September 22, 2012. Entrance fees will be waived for those participating.

August 10, 2012
We’re Turning 96!
Mesa Verde National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service on Saturday, August 25.

August 03, 2012
Archeologists Concerned About Cracks in Cliff Palace
A fault line running parallel to the back of Cliff Palace is threatening Kiva F and the southern half of Cliff Palace. Workers are shoring up the iconic kiva with wooden braces while archeologists evaluate the damage and make plans to stabilize the site.

July 23, 2012
Fire Restrictions Lifted
Effective Monday, July 16, Mesa Verde National Park lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since June 20, 2012.

July 04, 2012
Special Fall Photography Workshop
The nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association is offering a special fall three-day photography workshop October 12 - 14, 2012. It will be led by well known photographer Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer.

June 25, 2012
Mesa Verde National Park Open During Weber Fire
All services and facilities at Mesa Verde National Park are open despite the wildfires burning east of the park.

June 20, 2012
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park
Fire danger levels are now at "extreme" in Mesa Verde National Park, with continued hot, dry, and windy conditions forecast. Restrictions include no open fires or smoking outside of a vehicle.

June 06, 2012
Bird Monitoring Activities at Mesa Verde in 2012 Highlight Species of Concern
Two highly rewarding science projects studying migratory birds are underway at Mesa Verde National Park.

June 06, 2012
Mesa Verde Offers Free Admission this Saturday, June 9
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Mesa Verde National Park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees

May 25, 2012
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Landscape Photographer Rick Braveheart
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome Rick Braveheart, landscape photographer, as its second Artist-in-Residence for 2012. Join Mr. Braveheart for a fast-paced, multi-media presentation at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in the library located at the Far View Lodge.

May 16, 2012
Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 15, 2012
Eclipsing Mesa Verde
On Sunday, May 20, 2012, join a Mesa Verde park ranger to witness an unusual annular eclipse of the sun. A special public presentation will be offered at the Navajo Canyon overlook, on the Mesa Top Loop Road, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

May 11, 2012
Mesa Verde Welcomes First Artist-In-Residence in 2012, Jeff Lockwood
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome writer Jeff Lockwood as its first Artist-in-Residence for 2012. During his stay at Mesa Verde, he will be giving a free public presentation of his work on Thursday, May 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the downstairs library of the Fair View Lodge.

April 20, 2012
Road Construction and Trail Work Return to Mesa Verde National Park
Road and trail construction will return to Mesa Verde National Park through the summer and early fall season.

April 18, 2012
Mesa Verde To Host 2012 Annual Business Open House
Mesa Verde National Park would like to invite local businesses to its Annual Business Open House. The Open House will be held on Monday, April 30, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the First National Bank building in Cortez.

April 13, 2012
Morefield Campground Open for Primitive Camping
Morefield Campground, located four miles within Mesa Verde National Park, will open for primitive camping in the Zuni Loop beginning April 15.

April 10, 2012
Tour Tickets Available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez
As part of its continuing efforts to enhance visitor services, Mesa Verde National Park is now selling tour tickets at the Colorado Welcome Center (CWC) at 928 East Main Street in Cortez.

April 10, 2012
Visit Mesa Verde National Park during National Park Week
Mesa Verde National Park is inviting people everywhere to enjoy free admission to the park during National Park Week, April 21-29, 2012.

March 02, 2012
Rockin' and Rollin' in Mesa Verde
On February 22, 2012, between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m., a large slab of rock broke loose from the cliff face above the park's road, about three miles from the park entrance.

February 28, 2012
Visitors, Money and Jobs for Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 559,712 visitors in 2010 spent $41.3 million in Mesa Verde National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 575 jobs in the local area.

February 07, 2012
Mesa Verde Offers Free Winter Ecology Hike on Saturday, February 25
A free, winter ecology hike will be held in the Morefield Campground on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 9:00 am.

January 04, 2012
Mesa Verde Waives Entrance Fee
Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees during the months of January and February.

January 04, 2012
Open House Successful Thanks to Locals
Mesa Verde's Holiday Open House on December 8, 2011 was a great success, thanks to local citizens and businesses that supported the special event, said Superintendent Cliff Spencer.

December 01, 2011
Pile Burns at Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plans to implement two pile burns within the park in December.

November 22, 2011
Mesa Verde Announces New Winter Recreational Opportunities
Mesa Verde National Park plans to groom four trail systems this winter if snowfall permits. The trail systems will include the Cliff Palace Loop, Wetherill Road Trail, Prater Canyon and Morefield Campground Trails.

November 16, 2011
2011 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 8, 2011, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2011 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 03, 2011
Chapin Mesa Museum Receiving Electrical Upgrade
The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will be getting an electrical upgrade on November 7 and 8.

November 01, 2011
Mesa Verde Will Waive Entrance Fees on Veteran’s Day Weekend
Mesa Verde National Park will be joining national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day Weekend, November 11-13, 2011, in recognition of current and former servicemen and –women.

October 20, 2011
Mesa Verde to Conduct Prescribed Fires
Mesa Verde National Park is planning to implement two prescribed fires during the week of October 24, as weather allows.

October 04, 2011
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Roland Lee
Artist Roland Lee has spent the past 30 years exploring the National Parks with sketchbook and paintbrush. Currently working at Mesa Verde National Park as Artist-in-Residence, Lee will present a free demonstration and talk at the Cortez Cultural Center Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

September 27, 2011
Missing Camper’s Body Found
On September 23, at approximately 5:00 pm, law enforcement rangers responded to a report of an overdue party.

September 24, 2011
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Linda Beach
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome Linda Beach as an Artist-in-Residence. Ms. Beach is a fiber artist whose love of nature is reflected in her work and life. She will be giving a free public presentation about her work on Thursday, September 29, 2011, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the downstairs “library” of the Far View Lodge.

September 17, 2011
Mesa Verde National Park to Waive Entrance Fees September 24 for National Public Lands Day
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Mesa Verde National Park will join National Park Service sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day with free admission for park visitors.

September 15, 2011
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Jeanne Kosfeld
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome artist Jeanne Kosfeld as an Artist-In-Residence. She will be giving a free public presentation of her work on Thursday, September 15 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Hogan 37.

September 08, 2011
Ute Mountain Ute Art Show at Mesa Verde
Contemporary Ute Mountain Ute Tribal art is now on exhibit in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum gallery and Museum Store in Mesa Verde National Park.

August 09, 2011
Mesa Verde Announces 2nd Annual Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa
Everyone is invited to Mesa Verde National Park’s 2nd annual “Hike and Bike” on the Wetherill Mesa tram road on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11. Entrance fees will be waived for those participating.

August 09, 2011
Fire Mitigation Efforts at Mesa Verde National Park
Fire Management officials in Mesa Verde National Park will be implementing Wildfire Hazard Risk Reduction projects this summer within developed areas of the park.

August 04, 2011
Mesa Verde Lifts Fire Restrictions
Mesa Verde National Park has lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since July 2, 2011.

July 27, 2011
Recent Fires at Mesa Verde
The latest fire in Mesa Verde National Park was started by lightning on July 24. The fire is located about two miles south of Morefield Campground on Morefield Ridge, and is currently 1/10th of an acre in size.

July 21, 2011
Bird Monitoring Activities at Mesa Verde Highlight Species of Concern
Two highly rewarding science projects studying migratory birds are underway at Mesa Verde National Park.

July 13, 2011
Special Fall Photography Workshop in Mesa Verde National Park Offered by the Mesa Verde Institute
The nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute is offering a special fall three-day photography workshop led by well known photographer Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer. The workshop is scheduled for October 14-16, 2011.

July 12, 2011
Recent Fires at Mesa Verde National Park
On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5th and 6th, three small fires started in remote areas within or adjacent to Mesa Verde National Park.

June 22, 2011
Morefield Amphitheater Rehab; Evening Programs Held at Knife Edge Cafe
The Morefield Campground Amphitheater is getting some much needed rehabilitation work this summer. As a result, the 9:00 pm evening programs are being held at the Knife Edge Café in Morefield Village until further notice.

June 16, 2011
Mesa Verde National Park Will Waive Entrance Fees Tuesday, June 21
Mesa Verde will waive entrance fees on Tuesday, June 21 to help celebrate the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the official start of summer.

May 25, 2011
Mesa Verde to Host Annual Business Open House
Mesa Verde National Park would like to invite local businesses to its upcoming Annual Business Open House.

May 25, 2011
Mesa Verde Welcomes Second Artist-In-Residence In 2011, Dan Miller
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome Spokane Washington based photographer Dan Miller as an Artist-In-Residence.

April 23, 2011
New Visitor Service: Mesa Verde Tour Tickets Available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez
As part of its continuing efforts to enhance visitor services, Mesa Verde National Park is now selling tour tickets at the Colorado Welcome Center (CWC) at 928 East Main Street in Cortez.

April 15, 2011
Mesa Verde Celebrates National Park Week with Entrance Fee Waiver April 16 - 24
Cliff Spencer, Superintendent at Mesa Verde National Park, announced that the National Park Service and Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees the week of April 16 to April 24, 2011 in celebration of National Park Week.

March 29, 2011
New 2011 Backcountry Hikes
Mesa Verde National Park joins with its partner, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute, to provide visitors with new opportunities and experiences in the park this season, including four ranger-guided hikes.

March 09, 2011
Pile Burns at Mesa Verde National Park
No abstract supplied.

March 03, 2011
Shots Fired in Mesa Verde National Park
On February 24, 2011, during late evening or early morning hours, the entrance station to Mesa Verde National Park was vandalized.

February 18, 2011
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Exhibit Area Reopens
The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum exhibit area will reopen Monday, February 28, 2011.

February 03, 2011
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Exhibit Area Temporarily Closed
No abstract supplied.

January 20, 2011
Mesa Verde Will Waive Entrance Fees for 17 Days in 2011
Director Jon Jarvis announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees 17 days in 2011 to encourage all Americans to visit their national parks.

January 20, 2011
Winter Activities in Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde National Park is open with all winter services available. The winter schedule of programs will be in effect through March 5, 2011.

December 02, 2010
Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde: 2010 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 9, 2010, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2010 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 03, 2010
Winter Activities in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is open with all winter services available. The winter schedule of programs will be in effect November 7, 2010 to April 9, 2011.

November 03, 2010
Mesa Verde National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on Veteran’s Day
Mesa Verde National Park will be joining national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day, November 11, in recognition of current and former servicemen and women.

October 08, 2010
Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Mesa Verde National Park cordially invites the public to join its staff and dignitaries in a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Visitor and Research Center. The ceremony will take place on October 15 at 10:00 a.m.

October 02, 2010
National Park Service Awards Contract to Build New Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park
The National Park Service awarded the contract for the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center to PCL Construction Services, Inc. of Edwards, Colorado.

October 01, 2010
More on the Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike on October 9
Come to Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, October 9, 2010 and ride your bike or hike along the tram road.

September 29, 2010
Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike a Success!
The September "Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa" event was such a success, the event will be repeated on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

September 22, 2010
Mesa Verde to Waive Entrance Fees For National Public Lands Day
On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Mesa Verde National Park will join National Park Service (NPS) sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with free admission for park visitors.

September 15, 2010
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center Will Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System
The Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park was selected as one of the landscape projects to participate in a pilot program testing the nation's first rating system for sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

September 14, 2010
Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Joanne Agostinelli
Mesa Verde is pleased to have Connecticut pastel artist Joanne Agostinelli as its current Artist-In-Residence (AIR). She will be at her Mesa Verde Hogan for a "Show and Tell" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16.

September 10, 2010
Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa
Come to Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park on Sunday, September 19 and ride your bike or hike along the tram road.

August 18, 2010
Canyon Voices II - Juried Art Quilt Show At Mesa Verde National Park
The Grand Junction-based Art Quilt Association (AQuA) is now exhibiting "Canyon Voices II" in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Gallery of Mesa Verde National Park.

May 13, 2010
Mesa Verde Tour Tickets Available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez
As part of its continuing efforts to enhance visitor services, Mesa Verde National Park will begin selling tour tickets at the Colorado Welcome Center (CWC) in Cortez beginning May 24, 2010.

April 23, 2010
New 2010 Visitor Experiences in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park joins with its partner, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute to provide visitors with new opportunities and experiences in the park this season.

April 08, 2010
Temporary Closure of Spruce Tree House Trail
Due to a major rehabilitation of the Spruce Tree House trail, the Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling will be temporarily closed to the public from April 11 to April 30, 2010.

December 16, 2009
Controlled Burn Near Park Headquarters
With the recent snowfall, Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff will be conducting the annual large pile burn in the park. The burn will take place on Chapin Mesa near the “four-way intersection” in the vicinity of Park Headquarters.

November 17, 2009
Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde: 2009 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 10, 2009, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2009 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 06, 2009
Mesa Verde Offers Free Admission to U.S. Veterans on Veterans Day
All National Park Service sites across the country, including Mesa Verde National Park, will offer free visitor admission for U.S. veterans, active members of the U.S. armed forces and their families on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

October 15, 2009
Fall Prescribed Burns in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park plans to ignite several small prescribed fires within the park this fall.

September 17, 2009
Preview Highlights of Ken Burns New Film: The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Join your friends and neighbors in the Morefield Campground Amphitheater on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm to watch highlights of the soon-to-be-broadcasted Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. 

September 17, 2009
Fire Ban Lifted in Mesa Verde NP
Mesa Verde Superintendent, Larry Wiese, in consultation with the park’s fire management staff, has lifted the fire ban that has been in effect since August 17, 2009.

August 11, 2009
Mesa Verde Will Waive Entrance Fees This Weekend, August 15 & 16
Mesa Verde National Park's entrance fee will be waived August 15-16 for the third fee-free weekend this summer.

July 24, 2009
In Celebration of Wilderness!
Mesa Verde National Park recently celebrated wilderness, and the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

July 10, 2009
Mesa Verde Institute Announces 2009 Photography Workshops With Dr. Gene Balzer
The Mesa Verde Institute is offering two photography workshops led by Dr. Gene Balzer, Professor of Photography and Senior Faculty Member at Northern Arizona University.

June 06, 2009
Mesa Verde Will Waive Entrance Fees On Three Summer Weekends
No abstract supplied.

April 24, 2009
Environmental Assessment For Mesa Verde Entrance Area Improvements
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Larry T. Wiese has announced the availability of the recently prepared Environmental Assessment for Entrance Station Improvements at Mesa Verde National Park.

April 22, 2009
Mesa Verde Announces Recovery Act Projects
No abstract supplied.

April 21, 2009
Mesa Verde NP Plans Prescribed Fire Project Near Park Entrance
Mesa Verde National Park fire managers are planning an approximately 30 acre prescribed fire project for the far northeast corner of the park adjacent to US Highway 160 and the main park entrance road.

March 25, 2009
USS Mesa Verde Holds Dedication For New Ship Museum
Service members, civilians and national park rangers gathered onboard the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and museum dedication in honor of Mesa Verde National Park, the ship’s namesake.

March 06, 2009
Mesa Verde NP to Burn Pile near Morefield Campground
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff hopes to conduct a small pile burn in the next week or two. The burn will take place in Morefield Canyon south of Morefield Campground and the main park entrance road near the tunnel.

January 14, 2009
Controlled Burn Scheduled Near Mesa Verde NP Headquarters
Mesa Verde National Park firefighters will be burning a large brush pile near park headquarters on Chapin Mesa. The objective of this burn is to consume brush cut from hazard fuels reduction work.

December 09, 2008
Mesa Verde Recruits for Summer Park Rangers
Mesa Verde National Park is hiring interpretive park rangers for the summer of 2009.

December 02, 2008
Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde National Park - 2008 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 11, 2008, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2008 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

October 22, 2008
Mesa Verde Announces 2009 Artist-In-Residence Program
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce its Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program for 2009.

October 22, 2008
Mesa Verde Plans to Conduct Morefield Campground Burn
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff will be conducting a prescribed fire project near Morefield Campground later this month.

September 09, 2008
Recruiting Volunteer Graffiti Busters in Mesa Verde National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 30, 2008
Wetherill Mesa To Remain Open Through September
No abstract supplied.

June 27, 2008
Environmental Assessment For : Mesa Verde Entrance Area Improvements
Mesa Verde National Park will have an Environmental Assessment (EA) available for public review later this summer to evaluate potential actions in the area near the entrance to the park.

May 23, 2008
Mesa Verde Recruits for Late Summer/Fall Park Rangers
Mesa Verde National Park is hiring late summer/fall interpretive park rangers. Employment dates: July 6 to October 11, 2008 (extensions may be available).

May 01, 2008
Spring Prescribed Fire in Mesa Verde National Park
The Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff will conduct a prescribed fire project this week, weather permitting. The burn will take place along the main park road, near Morefield Campground.

April 21, 2008
FREE Entrance: Celebrate Junior Ranger Day In Mesa Verde National Park: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Mesa Verde National Park will celebrate National Park Week, by holding a Junior Ranger Day Fair on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

February 21, 2008
Junior Ranger Essay Contest Announced
The essay contest is open to children between 9 and 12 years old. Each person must express his or her thoughts on “What can you do now to turn over a new leaf for the environment and help preserve our national parks?”

February 14, 2008
Mesa Verde Under Winter Skies
Join Mesa Verde park rangers on the evening of February 20th to witness a total lunar eclipse and enjoy views through the park’s 5” and 8” telescopes.

January 16, 2008
Mesa Verde National Park to Burn Large Brush Piles
The park’s fire management staff will burn large brush piles on Chapin Mesa and in Morefield Canyon sometime in the next two weeks when optimum weather conditions permit.

January 04, 2008
Illegal Commercial Operations Exposed - RangerLedTours.com
On Saturday July 14, 2007 rangers were alerted to a possible illegal commercial tour operator giving a tour of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum to four visitors in Mesa Verde National Park.

December 08, 2007
"Holiday in the National Parks" Celebrated at the White House
The Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument ornaments are prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree.

December 08, 2007
Mesa Verde to be Commissioned in Panama City
The LPD-19 Mesa Verde will be commissioned at 11:00 a.m. (CST) December 15th in Panama City, Florida, officially becoming the USS Mesa Verde.

November 20, 2007
Mesa Verde Hosts 2007 Annual Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 6, 2007, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2007 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 08, 2007
Mesa Verde Foundation Announces Paul Balaguer As New Executive Director
The Mesa Verde Foundation recently appointed Paul Balaguer as their new Executive Director.

November 01, 2007
Mesa Verde Employee Art Show - Mesa Verde Centennial Art Gallery
The Mesa Verde Centennial Art Gallery will host an art exhibition of employee artwork in early 2008 (February, March, and April).

November 01, 2007
Mesa Verde Announces Prescribed Burns
To decrease hazardous fuel accumulation and improve the conditions for native flora, Mesa Verde will conduct prescribed burns in early November, depending on weather and fuel conditions.

November 01, 2007
Mesa Verde Honors American Veterans: Battlefields and Military Parks Preserved in the National Park System
Veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families will be admitted free to Mesa Verde National Park, and other public lands on Veterans Day, November 11.

October 19, 2007
San Juan Images Exhibiting Photographs In Centennial Gallery In Mesa Verde National Park
Twenty-two photographs taken or restored by San Juan Images of Durango, Colorado are on display in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum through October 31, 2007.

September 21, 2007
Mesa Verde Announces Artist-in-Residence Presentation: By Photographer John Hess
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to announce a public presentation by Artist-in-Residence John Hess to be held at the Cortez Cultural Center on Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m.

September 13, 2007
Mesa Verde Announces National Public Lands Day Volunteer Work Project and Fee Free Day
All National Park Service sites, including Mesa Verde National Park, will offer free visitor admission on Saturday, September 29 for National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

September 13, 2007
Mesa Verde Announces Upcoming Pottery Demonstration and Last Lecture of the 2007 Four Corners Series
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the next two Four Corners Lecture Series events.

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.