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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Winter Trail Conditions Update

Welcome to the Mesa Verde National Park winter trails update. Trails are groomed for skate skiing, classic skiing, and snowshoeing as snow and ranger schedules permit. Please see the trail updates below for current grooming conditions. If you need additional information, call the Mesa Verde Chief Ranger's Office at 970-529-4622.

For trail descriptions and information on the winter trails program please click here.

For current weather forecasts please visit the National Weather Service.


Chapin Mesa Snow Depth
Date: 3/7/2014
Snow Depth: 0"

Morefield Area Snow Depth
Date: 3/7/2014
Snow Depth: 0"

Mesa Verde National Park winter trail operations have ended for winter 2013/2014. The gate in Morefield Campground is open to provide access to the Prater and Knife Edge Trails. The Cliff Palace Loop will be open as a hiking or biking trail until it is reopened to vehicle traffic. The expected opening date for vehicles is on or before April 11, 2014.

Thank you for your interest in the Mesa Verde ski and snowshoe trail program. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a better snow year in 2014/2015.

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.