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 »
Blind / Low Vision
Mesa Verde National Park is accessible, with assistance, to our guests with visual impairment. However, we do not recommend visiting Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House tours. Each of these sites has ladders, steep cliffs, rough footing, and other hazards to be negotiated in a short time. Service dogs can accompany their owners into Spruce Tree House or the self-guided sites on Wetherill Mesa. (The Wetherill Mesa sites are only open during the summer months.)
Many artifacts like potsherds, cordage, bone tools, and other items are available for tactile investigation upon request at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.
Did You Know?
Descendants of Mesa Verde Ancestral Puebloans include the Hopi in Arizona, and the 19 Rio Grande pueblos of New Mexico: Taos, Picuris, Sandia, Isleta, San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque, Jemez, Cochiti, Pojoaque, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Acoma, and Zuni.