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 »
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.
Making the Most of Your Time
What's Available During Your Visit
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.
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.