Alerts & Conditions



  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Fire Ban in Effect Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at extreme fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: no open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle.
  • Alert 2 , Severity ,caution ,, Park is Open During the 416 and Burro Fires All services and facilities at Mesa Verde National Park are currently open despite two wildfires burning nearby. But be aware that the park is receiving smoke that could cause difficulties for people with respiratory health issues. (See below for details)


Sculpture of climber in welcome plaza with smoke billowing up from the La Plata Mountains in background.
Smoke produced by the 416 fire north of Durango and the Burro fire near Rico is visible from the Mesa Verde Visitor Center. The wildfires started to form a cumulus cloud behind the La Plata Mountains on June 9, 2018.

NPS/Beth Dodd

We Are Still Open!

Although there are now two fires burning near us, the 416 Fire and the Burro Fire, they are not causing any changes to service or business at Mesa Verde. The mornings have been smoky, but it is often clearing out by afternoon. If you have respiratory issues or allergies, please check an air quality site such as before you visit the park. (We have found the map on this site to be more accurate than what is listed under the "current conditions.")

If there are changes to services or facilities at the park, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page at

As drought conditions continue to grow worse in the area around Mesa Verde, many public and state lands are closing to mitigate the potential for human caused fires and ensure visitor safety. As you may not be familiar with the lands surrounding the park or their status, we will begin sharing posts on our Facebook page from our local law enforcement, emergency management offices, and public lands to help you stay informed in your trip planning. Thank you for your patience and understanding, as this is a dynamic situation that will be changing frequently.

UPDATE 06/22/18: A two-day rainstorm last week has allowed some of the current regional closures to be lifted. But as things begin to dry out, if these situations change, we'll again be sharing posts to help you plan your visit. And of course, if there are any changes to services or facilities at Mesa Verde, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page. Please note that the fire danger in the park is still high, and a fire ban is still in place.

Last updated: June 22, 2018

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


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