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 »
Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
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.
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.
January to early April, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm*
*The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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:
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 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.