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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Deaf / Hearing Loss

Mesa Verde National Park is generally accessible for individuals who are hearing impaired. Guide books are readily available at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, or at trailheads around the park. The award-winning park video entitled "Mesa Verde: Legacy of Stone and Spirit" is open-captioned and can be viewed in the museum auditorium.

Service dogs can accompany their owners into Spruce Tree House or the self-guided sites on Wetherill Mesa. The Wetherill Mesa sites are only open during the summer months. Service dogs cannot be taken into Balcony House or Cliff Palace because of ladders in those sites.

When choosing which sites to visit, be aware that all of the cliff dwellings are at 7,000 feet elevation, and it is necessary to descend 100 feet in elevation to enter a cliff dwelling. In Balcony House and Cliff Palace, ladders must be climbed to visit those sites. Balcony House, Cliff Palace and Long House, require a ranger-guided tour. Guide books are available.

Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.