Preserving Pueblo Heritage

Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. 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 nearly 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 in 2020

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, Podcasts, and Mobile App

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.

View of Spruce Tree House from across the canyon.


See the third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House, on the Mesa Verde webcam.

Square Tower House seen from the Mesa Top Loop Drive

Spring Break at Mesa Verde

Are you planning to visit during your spring break this year? Check here for suggestions on what to see and do.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330



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