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”
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.
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.
Winter Visitor Guide
Winter is just around the corner. Check out our winter visitor guide to see what’s available during a visit to the park starting October 30.
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.
Enjoy some of the many trails that lead you through cultural sites, help you explore canyons, or reward you with magnificent views.
Preserving Cliff Palace
Cliff Palace plays an important role in learning about and experiencing the past. See what it takes to preserve this ancient, iconic site.