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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Things To Know Before You Come

Collage of four seasons at Mesa Verde
 

Use the tips on the following pages to plan a late spring, summer, or early fall visit. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Spruce Tree House are open nearly all year (only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day). But some areas including Wetherill Mesa and overnight accommodations are closed during the winter months. Be sure to check the park's seasonal Visitor Guides and the Operating Hours and Seasons page for details on services available during your visit.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

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.