2020 Visitor Services and Interpretive Programs

 
 

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

(currently closed until May 1)

January 2 to April 11
April 12 to May 22
May 23 to September 6
September 7 to October 17
October 18 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

(currently closed until May 1)

January 2 to April 11 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
April 12 to September 6 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
September 7 to October 17 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 18 to December 31 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 23
May 24 to September 5
September 6 to December 31
Closed
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, daily
Closed
 

Durango Welcome Center

(ticket purchase and pick up not available until May 1)

Offers park information, tour ticket purchase, or tour ticket pick up in Durango, CO.
Located at 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO (www.durango.org).

April 12 to October 17 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
 

Concessions

(all concessions currently closed until May 1)

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 online at recreation.gov. When you arrive, pick up your ticket at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, Museum, or the Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to May 9 Closed
May 10 to May 22 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
May 23 to August 15 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; every 1/2 hour
August 16 to September 6 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; every hour
September 7 to September 26 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
September 27 to December 31 Closed
 

Cliff Palace Tours (ticket required)

(Purchase tickets online at recreation.gov. When you arrive, pick up your ticket at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, Museum, or the Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to April 30
May 1 to May 22
May 23 to September 6
September 7 to October 17
October 18 to December 31
Closed
9:00 am to 5:00 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 online at recreation.gov. When you arrive, pick up your ticket at the Visitor & Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, Museum, or the Durango Welcome Center.)

January 2 to May 21
May 22 to August 15
August 16 to October 17
October 18 to December 31
Closed
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 22 to July 18
July 19 to September 6
9:00 pm
8:30 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.

 

SUMMER - May 22 to August 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)
    9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
  • Step House, self-guided,
    open 9:15 am to 3:45 pm

FALL - August 16 to October 17

  • 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)
    9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Step House, self-guided
    open 9:15 am to 3:45 pm

LATE FALL - October 18 to October 31 (earlier if weather conditions close the road)

Wetherill Mesa is open self-guided only (no services or cliff dwelling tours). The 5-mile, paved Long House Loop and other existing trails are open for hiking and/or bicycle riding. The Long House, Kodak House, and Nordenskiold #16 cliff dwellings can be viewed from overlooks. The Wetherill Mesa Road is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
 
 
 
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Backcountry Hikes and Special Tours (ticket required)

(Reservations are available online at www.recreation.gov.) Tickets will be available for purchase starting March 9, 2020.
 
Balcony House Sunrise Tour
June 20 at 5:15 am
June 21 at 5:15 am
September 21 at 6:00 am
September 22 at 6:00 am
Mug House
May 27 to October 9 at 9:30 am
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Cliff Palace Early Bird Tour
May 23 to September 6
Daily at 8:00 am

Square Tower House
May 26 to October 11 at 8:00 am
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Cliff Palace Twilight Tour
May 23 to July 18, nightly at 7:15 pm
July 19 to September 6, nightly at 6:45 pm
Spring House
May 23, May 30, September 5, and September 12
at 8:00 am
 
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Luminaria Holiday Open House



Thursday, December 10 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Last updated: March 20, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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