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 »
Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Program
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2014 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. This program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for five, two-week periods:
All participants will be required to attend a short orientation session before being allowed to enter backcountry areas. Also, participants will be required to be a National Park Service "Volunteer-In-Park" (VIP) during their residency. No stipend is provided. Participants in the Artist-In-Residence program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware. In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park a professional digital image of an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Mesa Verde National Park. Should exhibit/storage space become available, original artwork will be requested.
Entries for the 2014 program are accepted from November 1, 2013 through January 27, 2014. Notifications of finalists will be made by March 1, 2014. For additional details on program and information on how to apply, download the brochure.
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Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Brochure (pdf, 245 kb)
For further information about this exciting program, please contact Jan Wright, AIR Coordinator, at:
Did You Know?
Ninety percent of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings contain 10 rooms or less. One-third have only one or two rooms. This should help to put the more famous cliff dwellings of Cliff Palace (150 rooms), Long House (150 rooms), Spruce Tree House (130 rooms), and Balcony House (40 rooms) into perspective.