Be sure to make the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center your first stop so park staff can help you plan your visit. The Visitor and Research Center is located near the park entrance, just off of US 160. It is the park's primary facility for orienting visitors to opportunities within the park and surrounding area. It also houses a state-of-the-art research and storage facility for the park's archives and museum collection of over three million objects.
This is a great place to purchase a tour ticket to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House during the summer season. Already reserved a tour? You can pick up your hard-copy ticket here too! If you plan to visit any of these three cliff dwellings, you must pick up a hard-copy ticket first. (Cliff dwellings are closed for the season.)
Park entrance fees are collected here from early January to early March.
The visitor center exhibits are designed to help visitors plan their visit to the park and to offer glimpses into the richness of Ancestral Puebloan culture and daily life. You'll also find exhibits highlighting:
Other Available Facilities
The Mesa Verde Museum Association bookstore features books, trail guides, maps, and other items that you may find useful during or after your visit..
Restrooms are located near the entrance to the visitor center.
Free WiFi is available in the visitor center lobby and parking lot area.
Visitor Center Hours
January to early April, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm*
*The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
For specific hours of operation during the time you are visiting, please go to the Visitor Services and Interpretive Program Schedule.
Last updated: October 27, 2020