Mesa Verde National Park Operational Updates Due to the Novel (New) Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, Mesa Verde National Park has been temporarily closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure includes the main park road and all loop roads. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates here on our website and social media channels.

We want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the digital tools available to explore Mesa Verde, including our mobile app, podcasts, and videos. These are all available on

Please see below for operational and public health information and updates.




The park, including the Main Park Road, loop roads, and all public facilities are closed until further notice.

Cliff Palace will remain closed and all tours are cancelled until May 1.
Refunds for Cliff Palace tours will take place automatically, but those who had reservations should confirm this by checking

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Public Health Precautions


The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Mesa Verde is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe, the decision to temporary close the park is based on the most current guidance.

The NPS Public Health Service recommend that everyone should continue to take the following routine precautions:

  • Practice social distancing. Current advice is to remain six feet away from others, especially those that are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Wash with soap and water to destroy the virus. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • While an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol can be used, it’s best to reserve those resources for locations where soap and water are not readily available.
    • If your hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be used rather than hand sanitizer.
  • As always, it is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. (Another good recommendation is to cover your cough using the crook of your elbow to reduce the spread of germs into the air or onto your hands.)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Regular household cleaners will destroy the virus.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Most importantly, if you are sick, PLEASE stay home in order to avoid exposing others.
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Helpful Resources


Links to local resources for nearby communities

Last updated: March 25, 2020

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PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330



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