Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Circular stone structure with tall glass windows and a flat mesa in the background.
 
 
Separation bar with triangles - black and white
 

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.

 

Tickets

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.

 

Exhibits

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:

  • the modern descendants of the Ancestral Pueblo people
  • the park's museum and research collection
  • the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building's energy-saving and sustainablility features
  • several original sculptures and other pieces of art that reflect modern artists' perspectives on Mesa Verde, its people and landscape
 

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*
Early April to late May, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Late May to early September, 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Early September to early November, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early November to late December, 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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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