Late Fall at Mesa Verde

While cliff dwelling tours are over for the season, many of the cliff dwellings can be viewed from a variety of overlooks, including Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House. Quieter than summer, but often with more moderate temperatures than winter, fall is a wonderful time to experience the culture and nature protected at Mesa Verde National Park.
 
 
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Planning Your Visit This Season

To plan your visit, use the following suggestions, mix and match to suit your needs, or ask a park ranger for advice at either the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center or the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum .
 
IF YOU HAVE ONE HALF DAY OR LESS...

Plan to spend at least four hours at Mesa Verde. Two hours of this time will be spent driving in and out of the park.


IF YOU HAVE ONE FULL DAY...
You will have time for the half-day activities, plus:
IF YOU HAVE ONE FULL DAY (alternative)...

IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE DAY...
You will have time for the full-day activities, plus:
  • Hike the either the Spruce Canyon or Petroglyph Point trails to enjoy quiet solitude in and around Spruce Canyon.
  • Stop at the Mancos Valley Overlook for breathtaking views of the snowcapped La Plata Mountains and at Montezuma Overlook which offers a beautiful view of the Montezuma Valley far below.
  • Visit Park Point, the highest point in the park, and enjoy dramatic 360° views of the entire Four Corners area.
  • Take a step back in time by hiking the Knife Edge trail, a section of the park’s old Knife Edge road and gain a new appreciation for how early visitors entered the park.
 
 

Last updated: November 2, 2018

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

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