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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »

Photos & Multimedia

View of Spruce Tree House through tree branches.
Spruce Tree House is just one of many images you will find in the photo gallery.
NPS PHOTO

Visit the park's webcam and photo gallery to view images of the park. Most of the images can be downloaded directly from the gallery, and with few exceptions, are in JPEG format at 300 dpi. Please see individual albums for use and credit information.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.