2019 Visitor Services and Interpretive Programs

 

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

January 2 to April 13
April 14 to May 24
May 25 to September 2
September 3 to October 19
October 20 to 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.
 

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

January 2 to April 13
April 14 to September 28
September 29 to October 19
October 20 to 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

(hours updated 08/06/2019)

January 2 to May 25
May 26 to August 4
August 5 to December 31
Closed
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, daily
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 or Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to May 18 Closed
May 19 to May 24 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour
May 25 to August 17 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
August 18 to September 21 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour
September 22 to December 31 Closed
 

Cliff Palace Tours (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center or Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to April 13
April 14 to May 24
May 25 to September 7
September 8 to October 19
October 20 to December 31
Closed
10:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
9:00 am to 6:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour
Closed
 

Long House Tour on Wetherill Mesa (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center or Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to May 18
May 19 to May 24
May 25 to September 14
September 15 to October 19
October 20 to 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

 

Morefield Campground Evening Program

May 25 to July 20
July 21 to August 17
August 18 to September 1
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

♦Saturday, April 28 (or as soon as weather/road conditions permit) to Saturday, May 18
♦Sunday, October 20 to Wednesday, 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 - May 19 to May 24
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 3:45 pm


  • SUMMER - May 25 to September 14
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 3:45 pm


  • FALL - September 15 to October 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 3:45 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.

** Purchase tickets for Long House at the Visitor & Research Center or Durango Welcome Center.

 
 
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Backcountry Hikes and Special Tours (ticket required)

(Reservations are available online at www.recreation.gov.)
 
Balcony House Sunrise Tour
Thursday, June 20 at 5:15 am
Friday, June 21 at 5:15 am
Saturday, September 21 at 6:15 am
Sunday, September 22 at 6:15 am
Oak Tree House
May 28 to October 12 at 8:00 am
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Cliff Palace Early Bird Tour
May 25 to September 7
Daily at 8:00 am

Square Tower House
May 27 to October 11 at 8:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Cliff Palace Twilight Tour
May 25 to July 20, nightly at 7:15 pm
July 21 to September 7, nightly at 6:45 pm
Yucca House Centennial Tour
Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 am
Saturday, May 18 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 am
Saturday, September 14 at 4:30 pm
 
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Luminaria Holiday Open House



Thursday, December 12 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 
 

Last updated: August 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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