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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Things To Do

IF YOU HAVE ONE HALF DAY OR LESS...

Plan to spend at least four hours at Mesa Verde. Two hours of this time will be spent driving in and out of the park.



IF YOU HAVE ONE DAY...

  • Stop at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center (at the park entrance) to purchase tickets to visit Cliff Palace or Balcony House.
  • Drive the Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Road. If you plan to visit Cliff Palace or Balcony House, be sure to purchase your tickets at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center first.
  • Visit the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, take a self-guided tour of Spruce Tree House, -and- drive the Mesa Top Loop Road (six-mile loop).
  • Hike the Far View Sites Complex.


IF YOU HAVE ONE DAY (alternative)...

  • Stop at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center (at the park entrance) to purchase tickets to visit Long House on Wetherill Mesa.
  • Take the Wetherill Mesa Drive, hike the trails to the mesa top sites and cliff dwelling overlooks, and enjoy the tram service.
  • Join a ranger for your ticketed tour to Long House. Be sure to purchase your tickets at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center before driving to Wetherill Mesa.
  • Take a self-guided tour of Step House.


IF YOU HAVE TWO DAYS OR MORE (one day activities plus)...

Did You Know?

View of mesas

The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.