Phased Reopening Updates

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.

Please read below to learn what is open and what remains closed during this phased reopening.

 

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What is Open?

Facilities and Services That are Open

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
  • Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Drive
    all stops and overlooks
  • Spruce Tree House Overlook
    views of the third-largest, and best-preserved cliff dwelling
  • Hiking Trails
    Chapin Mesa and Morefield Hiking trails (Only Spruce Canyon Trail remains closed.)
 

What Remains Closed?

  • Mesa Verde Research & Visitor Center
  • Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
  • Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe and Gift Shop
    for details, please visit www.visitmesaverde.com.
  • 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.)
  • Wetherill Mesa
  • Spruce Canyon Trail
  • 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 August 6, 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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Helpful Resources

 

Links to local resources for nearby communities


Last updated: August 8, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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