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.

 

Road Work

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

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
Books, gifts, passport cancellation stamp
8:30am–3:30 pm
Parking lot, restrooms, and Virtual Ranger Station 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Closed for renovations until further notice.

Evening Programs

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights (June 18 to September 5) at the Morefield Campground Amphitheatre.

June 18–July 18 at 9 pm
July 23–August 15 at 8:30 pm
August 20–September 5 at 8:15 pm

 

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.

 

Wetherill Mesa

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.

Open 7 am–7 pm, last entry 4:30 pm daily (June 25–September 6)
Open 8 am–6 pm, last entry 4:30 pm daily (September 7–October 31)

Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk 9 am – 4 pm
Step House (self-guided cliff dwelling) 9:15 am – 3:45 pm (last entry 3:30 pm

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

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.

 

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.

 

Food & Lodging

Lodging, dining, and gift shops operated by Aramark, the official park concessionaire. For more information, see their website: Visit Mesa Verde.

Far View Terrace
Gifts, café, and dining
7 am–4 pm (May 10 to September 30)
Breakfast: 7 am–10 am
Lunch: 11 am–2pm
Far View Lodge
Lodging and dinner
Lodging: May 1 to September 30
5-9:30 pm (May 27 to September 30)
Morefield Campground
Camping
Showers & Laundry available 24 hours
Full service: May 1 to September 30
Off-season camping (no services):
October 1 to October 15
Morefield Campground Store
Groceries and gifts
7 am–7 pm (May 7 to September 30)
Knife Edge Café
Breakfast, at Campground Store
7 am–10 am (May 27 to September 30)
Spruce Tree Terrace
Lunch and gifts
Closed (May 1 to September 30)
11 am–2 pm (October 1 to December 31)

 
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Last updated: June 26, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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