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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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.

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What's Available During Your Visit

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.

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.

First courtyard and rooms in Balcony House cliff dwelling

Videos

Enjoy videos of Mesa Verde that both inform and inspire!

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.

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.

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Fire News

Check here for current information about fire restrictions in the park.

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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