While cliff dwelling tours do not begin until mid-April, many of the cliff dwellings can be viewed from a variety of overlooks, including Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House. Quieter than summer, but with more moderate temperatures than winter, spring is a wonderful time to experience the culture and nature protected at Mesa Verde National Park.
Note: Spring weather is variable at Mesa Verde with snow possible as late as April and all activities depend on road, trail, and weather conditions.This means many of the trails listed below may still be covered in ice, snow, slush, or mud, depending on when you visit. To make the most of your visit, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast for the Mesa Verde area before you arrive, and then stop at the Visitor and Research Center near the park entrance for the most up-to-date road and trail conditions.
IF YOU HAVE ONE HALF DAY OR LESS...
Plan to spend at least four hours at Mesa Verde. Two hours of this time will be spent driving in and out of the park.
IF YOU HAVE ONE FULL DAY...
You’ll have time for all the half-day activities, plus:
IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE DAY...
You’ll have time for all the full-day activities, plus:
Last updated: March 5, 2020