Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. 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.
Preserving Pueblo Heritage
- 6 minutes, 25 seconds
Mesa Verde National Park contains over 5000 archeological sites across 40+ miles of roads! Watch this 6-minute video to get a crash course on how to make the most of your visit before you arrive.
What’s Available in 2018
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.
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.
Videos, Podcasts, and Mobile App
Enjoy videos of Mesa Verde that both inform and inspire!
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.
See the third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House, on the Mesa Verde webcam.
Winter is a magical time to visit Mesa Verde. It offers wonderful opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing snow cover trails.
Last updated: December 14, 2018