Preserving the “Works of Man”

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

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2016 Park Schedule

Mesa Verde is open year-round, but some areas are seasonal. To make the most of your trip, see what's available at the time of your visit.

Rangers in 1938

Celebrate the NPS Centennial

The NPS Centennial Year is still going strong. Check the calendar for events like a Fun Run, Jazz Band, and Night Sky Program in the park.

Outdoor welcome plaza at entrance to visitor center.

Get Oriented at the Visitor Center!

Don't forget to stop in at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center near the park entrance, for park orientation... and more.

Woman and child hiking on dirt trail.

Hiking Trails

Enjoy some of the many trails that lead you through cultural sites, help you explore canyons, or reward you with magnificent views.

Ranger with visitors at scenic viewpoint

Special Backcountry Tours for 2016

Mesa Verde offers a number of special backcountry hikes and tours in 2016. See what's available this year.

View of the Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling from overlook

Spruce Tree House Remains Closed

Due to safety concerns related to rock falls, the site is closed for the foreseeable future. Overlooks near the museum offer superb views.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


(970) 529-4465
Main park phone number.

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