Deaf / Hearing Loss

Mesa Verde National Park is generally accessible for individuals who are hearing impaired. Guide books are readily available at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Museum, or at trailheads around the park. The park film entitled "Footprints of Our Ancestors" can be viewed in the museum auditorium. Captions, audio description, and assistive listening devices are available.

When open, service dogs can accompany their owners into Spruce Tree House or the self-guided sites on Wetherill Mesa. The Wetherill Mesa sites are only open during the summer months. Please check the website for closures. Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House cliff dwellings have ladders, ranging in length from 6 to 30 feet, which may prove difficult and unsafe for a a service dog.

When choosing which sites to visit, be aware that all of the cliff dwellings are at 7,000 feet elevation, and it is necessary to descend 100 feet in elevation to enter a cliff dwelling. In Balcony House and Cliff Palace, ladders must be climbed to visit those sites. Balcony House, Cliff Palace and Long House, require a ranger-guided tour. Guide books are available. American Sign Language interpreters are available for ancestral site tours upon request. Tour ticket reservations need to be obtained on at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the park with a request for an ASL interpreter at least one week in advance of your visit.

Last updated: November 28, 2023

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330



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