Planning a Field Trip

Ranger-Led Field Trip Programs

Mesa Verde National Park offers a variety of ranger-led field trip programs for education groups of all ages, from cliff dwelling tours to ecology programs along the canyon's rim. Ranger-led programs are offered year-round and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.


Self-Guided Field Trips

Guiding your own students around Mesa Verde is a great way to build on lesson materials covered in the classroom. When planning your school trip there are several things to keep in mind to help you and your students have an enjoyable and safe experience.


Additional Field Trip Resources

Below are some helpful links that provide information for planning a field trip to Mesa Verde National Park. (To get the Free Adobe Reader, which is required to read the pdf files, click here.)

Educational Fee Waiver Information
Visiting groups who are sponsored by accredited educational institutions may apply for a fee waiver to enter the park for free. Fee waivers should be requested three weeks in advance.

Park Etiquette: Taking Care of Mesa Verde National Park
Before visiting the park, review these rules of park etiquette with your students.

Enrichment Package for Field Trips
The Mesa Verde National Park Enrichment Package includes lesson plans and activities you can use before, during, and after a visit to the park.

Last updated: July 12, 2022

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330



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