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.
Preserving the “Works of Man”
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.
Come Celebrate Founder's Day!
Celebrate the NPS 100th birthday at Mesa Verde. Events are scheduled throughout the day. Entrance is free, August 25-28.
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.
Enjoy some of the many trails that lead you through cultural sites, help you explore canyons, or reward you with magnificent views.
Special Backcountry Tours for 2016
Mesa Verde offers a number of special backcountry hikes and tours in 2016. See what's available this year.
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.