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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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April 24, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park 2014 Artists in Residence Announced
The artists for the 2014 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence (AIR) Program have been selected. During their residency, each artist will offer a free public program in the park.

April 14, 2014
2014 Special Hikes and Tours in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering a series of unique ranger-guided educational experiences in 2014. Tickets for these special hikes are limited and must be purchased online at www.recreation.gov.

April 13, 2014
Celebrate National Park Week at Mesa Verde with Free Admission!
Visit Mesa Verde National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.

March 08, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Tourism Creates $46.69 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 488,860 visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in 2012 spent $46.69 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 645 jobs in the local area.

February 20, 2014
Mesa Verde Offers Free Winter Plant Identification Hike
Join the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society on a winter plant identification hike at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 9 a.m.

February 10, 2014
Pile Burns At Mesa Verde National Park in February
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plans to implement a pile burn on Chapin Mesa in February.

January 30, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Winter Festival Cancelled
Due to the extreme lack of snow this winter, Mesa Verde National Park is canceling its Winter Festival. With little to no snow in the forecast and almost no snow on the ground in Morefield Canyon, all activities on February 8 and 15 have been canceled.

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.

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.