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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Evening Programs

Ranger presenting an evening program to visitors in campground amphitheater.

Evening Program at the Morefield Campground Amphitheater

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Morefield Campground Evening Program

In 1907, archeologist Jesse Fewkes began the first evening campfire talks in the history of the National Park Service at Mesa Verde. That tradition continues today. Enjoy a free, 45-60 minute presentation each evening by rangers at the Morefield Amphitheater (weather permitting). The amphitheater is located at the end of the road in Morefield Campground. Bring a flashlight. Program is free.

May 23 to July 26, 2014 Nightly at 9:00 pm
July 27 to August 23, 2014 Nightly at 8:30 pm
August 24 to September 1, 2014 Nightly at 8:15 pm


 
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CCC Boy on Twilight Tour at Cliff Palace

CCC Boy on Twilight Tour at Cliff Palace

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Twilight Tour in Cliff Palace

Join historical figures from Mesa Verde's past for a 90-minute tour of Cliff Palace. These characters from the past, locked in their own time period, will give a fascinating perspective of their Mesa Verde experience. The tours are offered from May 23 to September 4, 2014. Tours are limited to 20 people. Tickets are $12.00 per person.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, online at www.recreation.gov or by phoning the call center at 1-877-444-6777.

Tours are offered:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

May 25 to July 24, 2014 7:15 pm
July 27 to September 1, 2014 6:45 pm
September 2 to September 4, 2014 6:30 pm


 
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Cliff Palace in twilight

Cliff Palace in twilight.

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Photography Tour in Cliff Palace

Photographers, here is an opportunity to spend 90 minutes in Cliff Palace with a park ranger in a small group setting. Dramatic sunset lighting will appeal to both amateur and professional photographers as well as those seeking a deeper connection with this extraordinary archeological treasure. The tours are offered from May 23 to September 6, 2014. Tours are limited to 10 people. Tickets are $20.00 per person.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, online at www.recreation.gov or by phoning the call center at 1-877-444-6777.

Tours are offered Friday and Saturday

May 23 to July 26 ,2014 7:15 pm
August 1 to August 30, 2014 6:45 pm
September 5 to September 6, 2014 6:30 pm


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.