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 Museum Association Stores
The Mesa Verde stores are operated by the Mesa Verde Museum Association, a nonprofit organization partnered with Mesa Verde National Park since 1930. Mesa Verde Museum Association, in cooperation with the National Park Service and Mesa Verde National Park, assists and supports various interpretive programs, research activities and visitor services.
The association provides educational and interpretive material to visitors of Mesa Verde National Park through an active publishing program and the operation of retail stores in the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez, and their online store. These resources enhance the visitor experience and proceeds from sales are donated to the park's interpretive, research and education programs.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.