Mesa Verde has a number of safety and project related closures in place. Learn more about what's currently closed, and why, below.
Beginning September 26, visitors should plan for traffic delays of up to 30 minutes between mile 1.6 and 3.2 from the park entrance on US 160 due to road construction and rock scaling along this portion of the road. Rock scaling is performed periodically to address safety concerns posed by the presence of large rocks on an unstable slope next to the road.
On Tuesday, September 27, traffic control is expected to begin at 7:30 am, with up to 30-minute holds on both lanes throughout the day until work ceases at 5:00 pm. Work will take place Monday – Friday until further notice.
Visitors with tour reservations are encouraged to read the ticket information carefully and know the expected drive times between the entrance to the park and their tour destination. All tours begin at least a one-hour drive from the entrance. Long House tours require an additional 20-minute walk from the parking lot to the trailhead. Visitors are always encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour times for a safety and logistics briefing.
Mesa Top Loop Road
The Mesa Top Loop is currently closed for road work and the addition of a bike lane. The closure will be in effect until work is completed.
Far View Sites
The Far View Sites will be closed on the morning of Tuesday, October 4 until approximately 9 am as well as all day on Wednesday, October 5. The closure is due to stabilization work.
Chapin Mesa Museum
The Chapin Mesa Museum is currently closed for renovations, including installation of a new HVAC system and accessibility ramps. The park is also in the middle of a multi-year collaborative process to redesign the museum's exhibits ahead of the centennial of the museum's opening in 1925. Read more about Museum Renovations here.
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House has been closed to visitors since 2015, due to a danger of rock fall. Visitors can view Spruce Tree House from overlooks behind the Chapin Mesa Museum in the Park Headquarters area. The National Park Service is working on a project to stabilize the arch so that the site may be reopened. Follow the links to read more about the closure of Spruce Tree House and the project to stabilize the arch.
Last updated: September 26, 2022