Hours of Operation & Visitor Services

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Snow-capped mountains rise above rolling green hills dotted with yellow flowers
The snowcapped La Plata Mountains rise to the northeast of Mesa Verde

NPS

Hours of Operation

The park is always open, except under emergency conditions. Sites, trails, and picnic areas are open 8 am–sunset.

 

Visitor & Research Center

Bookstore, restrooms, Virtual Ranger Station, and parking lot are open. Exhibits, information desk, and rest of building are closed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.

Mesa Verde Museum Association Bookstore 9 am–3 pm
Books, gifts, passport cancellation stamp

Parking lot, restrooms, and Virtual Ranger Station Generally 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Closed under further notice for renovations.

Concessions

Lodging, dining, and gift shops operated by park concessionaire.

Far View Terrace
Gifts, café, and dining


Far View Lodge
Lodging and dinner


Morefield Campground
Camping
Showers & Laundry available 24 hours


Morefield Campground Store
Groceries and gifts

Knife Edge Café
Breakfast, at Campground Store


Spruce Tree Terrace
Lunch and gifts


7 am–4 pm (May 10 to September 30)
Breakfast: 7 am–10 am
Lunch: 11 am–2pm

Lodging: May 1 to September 30
Dinner: 5–8 pm (May 1 to May 26)
5-9:30 pm (May 27 to September 30)

Full service: May 1 to September 30
Off-season camping (no services):
April 15 to April 30
and October 1 to October 15

7 am–7 pm (May 7 to September 30)


7 am–10 am (May 27 to September 30)


11 am–3 pm (March 11 to April 30)
Closed (May 1 to September 30)
11 am–2 pm (October 1 to December 31)
 

Road Work

Road work will be active throughout the park this season. Due to road construction, the Cliff Palace Loop will be closed through mid June, and the Mesa Top Loop will be closed mid June to late October. Please allow extra time to reach your destination, drive slowly, and be alert to workers and heavy equipment.
 

Cliff Dwelling Tours

Most cliff dwellings can only be visited on a ticketed tour with a ranger. Tours are offered between May 2 and October 23. Tickets are required and are available online 14 days in advance of tour. Read more about Cliff Dwelling Tours and buy tickets on Recreation.gov.

Cliff Palace
9-11:30 am and 1-3:30 pm, every half hour
Daily (June 16* to October 23 )
*Please note that opening may be delayed due to road construction.

Long House
9:30-11 am and 1:30-3 pm, every half hour
Daily (May 29 to October 23)

Mug House
9 am and 12 pm daily (May 2 to May 28)
9 am and 11 am daily (May 29 to October 23)

Square Tower House
8:30 am and 12 pm daily (May 2 to June 15)

Spring House
8 am (May 23, May 30, September 5, and September 12)

 

Wetherill Mesa

Welcome to the quieter side of Mesa Verde. Between spring and fall, Wetherill Mesa offers a number of opportunities for self-guided exploration, as well as ranger-guided cliff dwelling tours. Explore Things to Do on Wetherill Mesa and find out what's open and when below.

No bicycles or vehicles over 25 feet (8 m) or over 8,000 pounds (3,628 kg) GVW are allowed on the narrow, winding 12 mile (19 km) road to Wetherill Mesa. No food available at the Wetherill Kiosk this year.

 

Late Spring - May 2 (weather permitting) to May 28

The Wetherill Mesa Road is open 8 am6 pm.

Wetherill Mesa will be open self-guided only (no services or cliff dwelling tours). The 5-mile, paved Long House Loop and other existing trails are open for hiking and/or bicycle riding. Long House, Kodak House, and Nordenskiold #16 cliff dwellings can be viewed from overlooks.

Step House (self-guided cliff dwelling)

As staffing allows; please check with a ranger

Summer & Fall - May 29 to October 23

The Wetherill Mesa Road is open 8 am7 pm.

The 5-mile, paved Long House Loop and other existing trails are open for hiking and/or bicycle riding. Long House, Kodak House, and Nordenskiold #16 cliff dwellings can be viewed from overlooks.

Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk

9 am to 4 pm

Step House (self-guided cliff dwelling)

9:15 am to 3:45 pm

Late Fall - October 18 to October 31 (weather permitting)

The Wetherill Mesa Road is open 8 am to 6 pm.

Wetherill Mesa will be open self-guided only (no services or cliff dwelling tours). The 5-mile, paved Long House Loop and other existing trails are open for hiking and/or bicycle riding. The Long House, Kodak House, and Nordenskiold #16 cliff dwellings can be viewed from overlooks.


 
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Last updated: May 12, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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