2018 Visitor Services and Interpretive Programs

 

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

January 2 to April 14
April 15 to May 24
May 25 to September 3
September 4 to October 20
October 21 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 14
April 15 to September 29
September 30 to October 20
October 21 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

January 2 to May 26
May 27 to September 3
September 4 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.)

January 2 to April 14 Closed
April 15 to May 5 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
May 6 to May 24 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm
May 25 to August 18 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
August 19 to October 20 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; every hour and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm
October 21 to December 31 Closed
 

Cliff Palace Tours (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center.)

January 2 to May 24
May 25 to September 8
September 9 to September 23
September 24 to 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 25 and will close for the season on September 24. For information on the Cliff Palace preservation project, visit our website at https://go.nps.gov/cliff.
 

Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace (ticket required)


(Tickets are available online at www.recreation.gov.)
May 25 to July 21
July 22 to September 8
7:15 pm
6:45 pm
 

Long House Tour on Wetherill Mesa (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets at the Visitor & Research Center.)

January 2 to May 19
May 20 to May 24
May 25 to September 15
September 16 to October 20
October 21 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 26 to July 21
July 22 to August 18
August 19 to September 2
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 29 (or as soon as weather/road conditions permit) to Saturday, May 19
♦Sunday, October 21 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 20 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 15

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 16 to October 20

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.

 
 
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Special Backcountry Hikes (ticket required)

(Reservations are available online at www.recreation.gov.)
 
Balcony House Early Bird Tour
May 27 to September 8
Daily at 8:00 am
Square Tower House
May 24 to October 13 at 8:00 am
Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Balcony House Sunrise Tour
Thursday, June 21 at 5:15 am
Friday, June 22 at 5:15 am
Saturday, September 22 at 6:15 am
Sunday, September 23 at 6:15 am

Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike
May 30 to September 5 at 9:30 am
Wednesdays
Mug House
May 29 to October 19 at 9:30 am
Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
Yucca House
Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 am
Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 am
 
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Luminaria Holiday Open House



Thursday, December 13 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 
 

Last updated: August 7, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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