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”
- 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.
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.
Winter is a magical time to visit Mesa Verde. It offers wonderful opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing snow cover trails.
See the third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House, in all seasons on the Mesa Verde webcam.
Last updated: December 23, 2017