Mesa Verde is full of sites to see on your own. Some sites are open year-round, while others are open seasonally.
Chapin MesaPlease see current Hours of Operation
Mesa Top Loop Road (Currently closed for road construction)
Highlights include Square Tower House Overlook, and views of Cliff Palace from Sun Point View and Sun Temple. The Mesa Top Loop Road is open daily, 8:00 am to sunset.
Far View Sites Complex
Spruce Tree House
Due to continued safety concerns related to rock falls, the site remains closed for the foreseeable future. Overlooks near the museum offer superb views of the cliff dwelling.
Cedar Tree Tower
Mesa Top Tower and Kiva
An Ancestral Puebloan tower and kiva complex can be viewed from a small parking area. Nearby is the 0.5-mile (0.8 km) Farming Terrace Loop trail that leads you through a series of ancient check dams built by the Ancestral Pueblo people. Open 8:00 am to sunset.
Wetherill MesaPlease see current Hours of Operation
Badger House Trail
Last updated: August 20, 2022