Plan Your Visit

Use the selection of links below, or the full navigation on the left to help plan your next visit to the park.

Welcome to Mesa Verde sign at entrance to park

Entrance sign

Making the Most of Your Time
Whether you are spending a half-day or three days, preplanning will help you make the most of your visit to Mesa Verde National Park. Check out Things To Do.

View of Cliff Palace with snow at the base of the alcove

Cliff Palace

What's Available During Your Visit
Mesa Verde is always open, but opportunities vary from season to season. Visit the Operating Hours & Seasons page for park schedule information.

Map of the Chapin Mesa area

Map of Chapin Mesa

Are you looking for Wetherill Mesa? Planning to visit to Cliff Palace or drive the Mesa Top Loop? Perhaps you just want to know how far it is to drive from the park entrance to see Spruce Tree House. A map might be just the thing you need.

View of Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House

Visiting a Cliff Dwelling
Mesa Verde is famous for the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings constructed within its cliff alcoves. Check out the cliff dwellings page to find out what sites are open, and whether they are available on a self-guided or guided-tour only basis.

School group on trail

Visitors on trail

Field Trip Planning for Schools
Are you a teacher planning a field-trip to Mesa Verde? Check out the planning information on the For Teachers, Plan A Field Trip page.

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