Visitor Services and Interpretive Programs

 

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Monday, January 2 to Saturday, April 8
Sunday, April 9 to Thursday, May 25
Friday, May 26 to Monday, September 4
Tuesday, September 5 to Saturday, October 28
Sunday, October 29 to Sunday, December 31
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
7:30 am to 7:00 pm
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

*The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
^Entrance fees will be collected here from January 9 through March 6, 2017.
 

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Monday, January 2 to Saturday, April 8
Sunday, April 9 to Saturday, September 30
Sunday, October 1 to Saturday, October 28
Sunday, October 29 to Sunday, December 31
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
8:00 am to 6:30 pm
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

*The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
 

Morefield Ranger Station

Monday, January 2 to Saturday, May 27
Sunday, May 28 to Monday, September 4
Tuesday, September 5 to Sunday, December 31
Closed
Closed until further notice
Closed
 

Concessions



For hours and information on concessions such as lodging, camping, and restaurants, go to Eating & Sleeping.
 
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RANGER-GUIDED TOURS
of Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House

 

Balcony House Tours (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or Colorado Welcome Center, Cortez.)

Monday, January 2 to Saturday, April 8 Closed
Sunday, April 9 to Saturday, May 6 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
Sunday, May 7 to Thursday, May 25 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm
Friday, May 26 to Saturday, August 19 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
Sunday, August 20 to Saturday, October 14 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 15 to Saturday, October 28 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
Sunday, October 29 to Sunday, December 31 Closed

*Additional tours will be added if possible.
 

Cliff Palace Tours (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or Colorado Welcome Center, Cortez.)

Monday, January 2 to Thursday, May 25
Friday, May 26 to Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10 to Sunday, September 24
Monday, September 25 to Sunday, December 31
Closed
9:00 am to 6:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
Closed

**Due to the complexity and location of the preservation work needed at Cliff Palace this spring & fall, the cliff dwelling opens on May 26 and will close for the season on September 25. For information on the Cliff Palace preservation project, visit our website at https://go.nps.gov/cliff.
 

Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace (ticket required)


(Reservations are available online at https://recreation.gov)
Friday, May 26 to Saturday, July 22
Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, September 9
7:15 pm
6:45 pm
 

Long House Tour on Wetherill Mesa (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or Colorado Welcome Center Cortez.)

Friday, January 2 to Thursday, May 21
Sunday, May 14 to Friday, May 19
Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, September 16
Monday, September 17 to Sunday, October
Monday, October 23 to Sunday, December 31
Closed
9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm
9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm
Closed

*Note: There is no tram service, so ranger-guided Long House tours involve hiking at least 2.25 miles (3.6 km) round-trip, and lasts about two hours.
 

Morefield Campground Evening Program

Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, July 22
Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, August 19
Sunday, August 20 to Sunday, September 3
9:00 pm
8:30 pm
8:15 pm
 
 
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WETHERILL MESA

 
Wetherill Mesa will offer seasonal opportunities. Be sure to pick up a Wetherill Mesa Visitor Guide when you arrive. It will contain a map and information about the best way to visit this part of the park.

 

EARLY SPRING and LATE FALL

Sunday, April 30 (or as soon as weather/road conditions permit) to Friday, May 12
Monday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 31 (earlier if weather/road conditions close the road)


Wetherill Mesa Road* open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

In early spring and late fall, the Wetherill Mesa is open self-guided (no services) when weather permits. Cliff dwellings can be viewed from various viewpoints. The 5-mile, paved Long House Loop and other existing trails are open for hiking and/or bicycle riding.


SPRING - Saturday, May 13 to Friday, May 19

Wetherill Mesa Road* open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Long House Tour** (ticket required) at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm
Step House, self-guided, open 9:15 am to 4:00 pm


SUMMER - Saturday, May 20 to Saturday, September 16

Wetherill Mesa Road* open 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk open 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Long House Tour** (ticket required) at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
Step House, self-guided, open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


FALL - Sunday, September 17 to Sunday, October 22

Wetherill Mesa Road* open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Long House Tour** (ticket required) at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm
Step House, self-guided, open 9:15 am to 4:00 pm


* Bicycles are not allowed on the narrow, steep, and winding Wetherill Mesa Road. You can transport your bikes to Wetherill Mesa and ride the designated trails.

** There is no tram service, so ranger-guided Long House tours involve hiking at least 2.25 miles (3.6 km) round-trip, and lasts about two hours. Purchase tickets for Long House at the Visitor Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or Colorado Welcome Center, Cortez.

 
 
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Special Backcountry Hikes (ticket required)

(Reservations are available online at https://www.recreation.gov/)
 

Balcony House Sunrise Tour
Monday, June 19 at 5:15 am
Tuesday, June 20 at 5:15 am
Friday, September 22 at 6:15 am
Saturday, September 23 at 6:15 am
Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike
May 31 to September 3 at 9:30 am
Wednesday and Sunday


Oak Tree House
May 22 to October 14 at 8:00 am
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Yucca House
Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 am
Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 am

Mug House
May 30 to October 22 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
 
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Luminaria Holiday Open House



Thursday, December 14 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 
 

Last updated: August 1, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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