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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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:

  • Visit the Winter Trails Condition Report Page
  • Call the Chief Ranger's Office (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
    970-529-4622
  • Call the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum (7 days a week, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm)
    970-529-4631


When engaging in winter activities follow these safety guidelines to ensure a great experience:

  • Bring adequate gear, food and water.
  • Sign in at the Trail Register so rangers will know you are out there.
  • Stay on marked trails so you do not get lost.
  • Do not walk on ski trails
  • Please leave your pets at home
  • Follow all other park rules and regulations.
  • For emergencies, please call 911. For non-emergency situations you may contact the Chief Ranger's Office, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Be aware that cell coverage is very spotty throughout the park.

 

For information on specific winter activities in the park, please use the following links.

Mesa Verde National Park Winter Festival (Cancelled)
You are invited to participate in Mesa Verde National Park’s second annual Winter Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2014 and Saturday, February 15.
(Sorry, but due to insufficient snow, activities for both days have been cancelled.)

Winter Activities: Guided Hikes
Information on guided hikes offered by the Southwest Colorado Winter Ecology Series from January to March, 2014.

Winter Activities: Nordic/Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and winter hiking opportunities
Information and maps on winter trails available for recreational use in Mesa Verde National Park.
 

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.

 



 
National Park Foundation logo with ranger hat

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?

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.