Hours of Operation

 
 
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/Kayla McCraren

Hours of Operation

The park is always open, except under emergency conditions. Sites, picnic areas, and most trails are open 8 am–sunset. Check the park's Facebook page for the most current information on closures.

 

Visitor & Research Center

Plan your visit and learn more about the park at the Mesa Verde Visitor & Research Center.
September 3 – December 31 | 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, DAILY
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day


Mesa Verde Museum

Learn more about the ancestral people of Mesa Verde and enjoy the park film.
August 13 – October 21 | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
October 22 – December 31 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Park Point

A short walk to the highest point in the park, at 8,572 feet (2,612 m), offers spectacular views across the Four Corners Region and a great place to enjoy the night sky.
Open 24 Hours, DAILY


Cliff Palace Loop Road

A 6-mile (10 km) drive with overlooks of cliff dwellings and access to the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail.
Open 8 am to Sunset, DAILY


Mesa Top Loop Road

A 6-mile (10 km) driving tour through 700 years of Ancestral Pueblo history.
Open 8 am to Sunset, DAILY


Far View Sites

An easy ¾-mile (1.2 km) walk through pinyon-juniper forest connects a community of mesa-top farming villages and an ancient reservoir. Parking limited to vehicles under 25 feet (7.5 m).
Open 8 am to Sunset, DAILY


Cedar Tree Tower

This small tower-kiva complex offers insite into Ancestral Pueblo life on the mesa and access to the Farming Terrace Loop Trail.
Open 8 am to Sunset, DAILY


Spruce Tree House

Spurce Tree House can be viewed from the Spruce Tree House Overlook, however access into the site is closed due to rockfall danger. For more information see Closures.


Hiking Trails

Hiking trails do not close, except under emergency and winter conditions.


Cliff Dwelling Tours

Cliff dwellings can only be visited on a ticketed tour with a ranger. The 2023 tour season will run from May 14 through October 21. 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.


Spruce Tree House Overlook Talk

Short, free ranger talk at the back porch of the Chief Ranger's Office, next to the Mesa Verde Museum.
August 13 – October 21 | 10 am, 2 pm, and 3 pm, daily



Evening Programs

Nightly evening programs at the Morefield Campground Amphitheater have concluded for the season.


Wetherill Mesa - Closed

Due to ongoing construction, the Wetherill Mesa area of Mesa Verde National Park will be closed for the 2023 summer season.



 

Food & Lodging

Lodging, dining, and gift shops are operated by Aramark, the official park concessionaire. Follow the links for more information on restaurants, the Far View Lodge, Morefield Campground, and Aramark's Visit Mesa Verde page.


Far View Terrace

Gifts, café, and dining.
May 25 – September 6, 2023 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:00 am; Lunch: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

September 7 – October 25, 2023 | 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
CLOSED for season 10 am, October 26, 2023


Far View Lodge

Lodging, gift shop; front desk open 24 hours.
April 19 – October 25, 2023
CLOSED for season October 26, 2023


Metate Room

Dinner at Far View Lodge.
May 25 – September 7, 2023 | 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
September 8 – October 25 | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CLOSED for season October 26, 2023


Far View Lounge

Drinks and Pub Eats at Far View Lodge.
May 25 – September 7, 2023 | 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
September 8 – September 30 | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CLOSED for season October 1, 2023


Spruce Tree Terrace

Casual dining and gift shop.
August 10 – October 25, 2023 | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
October 26 – December 31, 2023 | 11:30 am to 2:30 pm


Morefield Campground

Tent & RV camping.
Camping (Services Available): May 15 – October 19, 2023
Off-Season Limited Camping (No Services Offered): October 19 – November 2, 2023
CLOSED for season October 27, 2023


Morefield Campground Store

Groceries and gifts.
May 20 – September 6, 2023 | 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
September 7 – October 19, 2023 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
CLOSED for season October 12, 2023


Morefield Gas Station

Gas and air; no other services.
Open 24 hours


Knife Edge Café

Breakfast at Campground Store.
May 15 – October 19, 2023 | 7:00 am to 10:00 am

Last updated: September 3, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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