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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Plaza
Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Plaza
NPS PHOTO
 

Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the opening of its new Visitor and Research Center in mid-December, 2012. The new building, located at the park entrance, replaces the aging Far View Visitor Center as the park's primary facility for orienting visitors to opportunities within the park and surrounding area. It also houses a state-of-the-art research and storage facility for the park's archives and museum collection of over three million objects. This new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility is an exciting and long-awaited project.

 

Tickets

Be sure to make the Mesa Verde Visitor Center your first stop if you wish to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House. If you plan to visit any of these three cliff dwellings, you must purchase tickets here first.*

Park entrance fees are collected here from early January to early March.


Visitor Center Hours

January to early April, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm*
Early April to late May, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Late May to early September, 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Early September to early November, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early November to late December, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm*

*The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

 

Exhibits

The visitor center exhibits are designed to help visitors plan their visit to the park and to offer glimpses into the richness of Ancestral Puebloan culture and daily life. You'll also find exhibits highlighting:

  • the modern descendants of the Ancestral Pueblo people
  • the park's museum and research collection
  • the building's energy-saving and sustainablility features
  • several original sculptures and other pieces of art that reflect modern artists' perspectives on Mesa Verde, its people and landscape


Available Facilities

Purchase tickets here to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and/or Long House.

The Mesa Verde Museum Association bookstore features books, trail guides, maps, and other items that you may find useful during or after your visit..

Restrooms are located near the entrance to the visitor center.

Free WiFi is available in the visitor center lobby and parking lot area.

Did You Know?

Cliff Palace

Since 1996, 230 of the 600 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park have received Condition Assessment. More...