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?
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.