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

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2022 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

Visitor Center and Mesa Verde Association Bookstore
8:30 am - 4 pm daily

Parking lot, restrooms, and Outdoor Information
Open daily 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Chapin Mesa

Cliff Palace Loop Road

Open 8 am-Sunset

Far View Sites
Open 8 am-Sunset

Mesa Top Loop Road
Closed for construction. For more information see Closures.

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Closed due to heating and cooling replacement, accessibility modifications, and renovations. For more information see Closures.

Spruce Tree House
Closed due to rockfall danger. For more information see Closures.

Hiking Trails

Hiking trails do not close, except under emergency and winter conditions. Hiking rails on Wetherill Mesa close nightly and seasonally. See current hours below.

Cliff Dwelling Tours

Most cliff dwellings can only be visited on a ticketed tour with a ranger. Tours are offered May 1 to October 22, 2022. 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.

Evening Programs

Due to short staffing, we are unable to offer regular evening programs this summer.
Please see the Cultural Dances and Demonstrations page for information on special events. Information about special events will also be posted at the park entrance station and in the campground.

Wetherill Mesa

Open daily 8 am to 6 pm, last entry at 4:30 pm
May 1 to October 22, Weather permitting early and late in the season.

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.

Explore Things to Do on Wetherill Mesa and find out what's open and when below.

Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk

Open 9 am-4 pm, with intermittent coverage (May 1 to October 22, 2022)

Step House

Open 9:15 am-3:45 pm, last entry 3:30 pm (May 22 to October 22, 2022)


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
7 am–3 pm (Food Service)
7 am–5 pm (Retail)
Far View Lodge
Lodging, gift shop; front desk
open 24 hours
Open 24 hours (April 14 to October 26)
Metate Room
Dinner at Far View Lodge
5-9 pm (April 14 to May 29)
5-9:30 pm (May 30 to September 7)
5-9 pm (September 8 to October 26)
Far View Lounge
Drinks and Pub Eats
at Far View Lodge
5-9:30 pm (August 19 to September 7)
5-9 pm (September 9 to October 26)
Morefield Campground
Full Services, with 24 hour Showers & Laundry (April 28 to October 12)
Limited Services (October 13-26)
Morefield Campground Store
Groceries and gifts
9 am–7 pm (April 28 to May 25)
7 am–7 pm (May 26 to September 7)
9 am–5 pm (September 8 to October 12)
Knife Edge Café
Breakfast, at Campground Store
7 am–10 am (April 28 to October 12)
Spruce Tree Terrace
Lunch and gifts
11 am–4 pm (through September 30)

Last updated: October 23, 2022

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Mesa Verde National Park , CO 81330



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