A Sacred Place

For over 700 years, the Ancestral Pueblo people built thriving communities on the mesas and in the cliffs of Mesa Verde. Today, the park protects the rich cultural heritage of 26 Pueblos and Tribes and offers visitors a spectacular window into the past. This World Heritage Site and International Dark Sky Park is home to over a thousand species, including several that live nowhere else on earth.

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Summer at Mesa Verde

Plan your summertime visit to Mesa Verde

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Hours of Operation & Visitor Services

Find out what's open and when

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Plan Your Visit

All the information you need to help plan your visit to Mesa Verde

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Things to Do

Things to do at Mesa Verde

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Hike Mesa Verde

Learn more about hiking in Mesa Verde National Park

Eight Pueblo dances dressed in regalia stand in the plaza in front of an ancestral site

Cultural Dances and Demonstrations

Learn about cultural dances, performances, and demonstrations by members of many of the Pueblos and Tribes with connections to Mesa Verde.

A starry sky bisected by the Milky Way rises above the prominent mesa of Point Lookout.


Mesa Verde Celebrates Certification as the 100th International Dark Sky Park

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App, audio tour, and podcast

Download the park app, audio tours, and podcasts before your visit, or to learn more about Mesa Verde from home!

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Fees and Passes

Information on the park entrance fee, Mesa Verde Annual Pass, and America the Beautiful passes. Learn how to purchase online!

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park , CO 81330



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