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 »
Air Quality/Dust Monitoring Webcam
View from the dust monitoring webcam at Mesa Verde National Park. It was installed as part of a multi-agency air quality research project in 2011. The webcam is hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey. For more information about the project, visit the Nature and Science Air Quality page.
Did You Know?
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.