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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum



January to early March, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm*
Early March to early April, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early April to mid October, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mid October to early November, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early November to late December, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm*

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



The museum is located on Chapin Mesa, 20 miles from the park entrance.


The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the park.

Special Programs

  • 25-minute orientation film is shown on the hour and half-hour. This film offers an excellent overview of the history of Mesa Verde.
  • Free self-guided tours of Spruce Tree House in the spring, summer, and fall.
  • Free ranger-guided tour of Spruce Tree House in winter, three times daily.

Available Facilities

Bookstore, water, restrooms, snack bar, gift shop, and post office are located near the museum.

Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

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.