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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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.

View of mesas and canyon in the snow

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.

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.

Image of Cliff Palace

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465
Main park phone number.

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