Operational Updates: What's Open, What's Closed

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the park has reopened with limited services.

Please keep in mind that some facilities are not be available and staffing will be limited. We encourage visitors to adjust their expectations accordingly and practice social distancing and good health measures throughout your stay. The health and safety of people visiting and working in the park is our number one priority. Park rangers are on duty, but visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease. We urge visitors to do their part when visiting and #RecreateResponsibly to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

No reservations are needed to enter the park. During the winter and early spring, the park is open on a self-guided basis with some facilities closed for the season. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Museum and Visitor & Research Center also remain closed. Please read below to learn what is currently open and what remains closed.


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What is Open?

Facilities and Services That are Open

  • Online Virtual Ranger Station
    a virtual ranger station is available in the outdoor area of the Visitor & Research Center, near the park entrance.
    (Because the Visitor & Research Center and Museum remain closed, we highly recommend you use the Online Virtual Ranger Station to help you plan your visit before arriving at the park.)
  • Mesa Verde Museum Association Store at the Visitor & Research Center.
    Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, daily.

    online store available at www.mesaverde.org/store
  • Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe and Gift Shop
    for details, please visit www.visitmesaverde.com.
  • Chapin Mesa Picnic Area
    most food locations in the park are currently take-out, so this is a great place to enjoy a picnic
  • Public Restrooms
    you may experience temporary closures during times of cleaning and sanitation
  • Trash collection
    custodial staff is currently limited, so if can take out what you bring in, it would be appreciated

Roads and Recreational Areas That are Open

  • Main Park Road
    all overlooks including Montezuma Overlook, Park Point, and Geologic Overlook
  • Far View Archeological Sites
    this 0.75-mile (1.2 km) hiking trail leads you through six mesa top sites
  • Mesa Top Loop Road
    6-mile (10 km) driving tour through 700 years of Ancestral Pueblo History
  • Spruce Tree House Overlook
    views of the third-largest, and best-preserved cliff dwelling
  • Hiking Trails
    Chapin Mesa and Morefield Hiking trails
  • Winter Trails
    once there is a sufficient amount of snow, winter trails are open for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Please check the winter trail condition update page for the latest information as trail conditions change throughout the season.

What is Closed?

  • Mesa Verde Visitor & Research Center
    we highly recommend you use the Online Virtual Ranger Station to help you plan your visit before arriving at the park.
  • Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
  • Far View Terrace Café and Gift Shop
  • Far View Lodge
  • Morefield Campground
  • All cliff dwellings and ranger-guided cliff dwelling tours
    This includes continued closures of Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Long House, and Step House.
    (Many cliff dwellings can be viewed from overlooks along the Mesa Top and Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Roads.)
  • Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Drive (Closed to vehicles and pedestrians.)
    Note: The the Cliff Palace Loop Road will be closed for road construction through June 15, 2021.
  • Wetherill Mesa
  • Wetherill Mesa Road, sites, and trails
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CDC Guidance For Traveling and Outdoor Recreation in the US

The CDC has offered guidance for those traveling away from home this summer at Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US. They also provide guidance for those visiting parks and recreational facilities to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

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Current Travel Advice (last updated November, 2020)

Visitors traveling from outside the state of Colorado should be aware that they may be traveling through the Navajo Nation on their journey. Due to the significant impact the pandemic has had on residents, there may be curfews in place and services may be limited; especially for those traveling at night. Please be respectful of these residents and plan accordingly prior to passing through Navajo Nation lands. For additional information, visit https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19.
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Links to local resources for nearby communities

Last updated: March 19, 2021

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PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330



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