Fire News

Welcomed rain showers and cooler temperatures in July has reduced the fire danger in the park to moderate. Currently, only standard fire restriction are in effect.

Please see below for updates on any fire restrictions or other fire related information.



  • Campfires are allowed in established fire grates at Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa Picnic Area.
  • Smoking is permitted outside, except within cliff dwellings and other archeological sites.
  • Please be careful with any fire source.

07/20/17 - Fire Ban Lifted in Mesa Verde National Park

The park has lifted fire restrictions which have been in effect since July 1, 2017. Rain showers and cooler temperatures in recent weeks have reduced the fire danger in the park.

Effective immediately, open fires or charcoal fires are no longer prohibited in Morefield Campground, Chapin Mesa Picnic Area, or park residences. Smoking is permitted in designated areas. Fireworks are always prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

If the fire danger increases later in the season, restrictions may once again be implemented.

07/01/17 - Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park

Conditions in the park are extremely dry and the fire danger is currently very high. The following fire restrictions take effect on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
♦ No open fires are permitted in the park.
♦ Smoking is permitted only inside a vehicle.

The restrictions include all areas and residences within the park. Self-contained charcoal stoves and gas stoves are permitted at Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa picnic area.

The fire ban will be in place until the park receives significant moisture and the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. Due to the lack of forecasted precipitation in the near future, these restrictions may be in place for an extended period of time. Your cooperation in decreasing the potential for a catastrophic fire within Mesa Verde National Park is appreciated. The Fire Management Office monitors conditions closely and will allow campfires again, once it is safe to do so.

Last updated: August 1, 2017

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