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 »
Winter Activities for 2013 - 2014
Winter in Mesa Verde National Park offers a wonderful opportunity for Nordic (Cross-country) skiing, snowshoeing and walking. Winter trails will be available once there is an appreciable amount of snow and the park has begun to groom the trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. (Please check the park's Hiking page for trails that are available before the snow falls and the winter trails are open.) For winter trails updates:
For information on specific winter activities in the park, please use the following links.
Winter Trails Updates:
Winter trail condition updates will be provided periodically as trails are groomed or checked. Please see the Winter Trails Condition Report Page for updates.
Snowshoes, snow grooming equipment, and other supplies for the winter activities program were partially funded by a generous grant from the National Park Foundation.
Did You Know?
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.