Mesa Verde National Park opened its new Visitor and Research Center in mid-December, 2012. This new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, located at the park entrance, replaced the aging Far View Visitor Center as 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.
Be sure to make the Mesa Verde Visitor Center your first stop if you wish to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House. If you plan to visit any of these three cliff dwellings, you must purchase tickets here first.*
Park entrance fees are collected here from early January to early March.
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 Operating Hours & Seasons.
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:
Purchase tickets here to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and/or Long House.
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.
Last updated: January 29, 2015