Winter in Mesa Verde National Park offers a wonderful opportunity for Nordic (Cross-country) skiing, snowshoeing and walking. Winter trails will be available once there is an appreciable amount of snow and the park has begun to groom the trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. (Please check the park's Hiking page for trails that are available before the snow falls and the winter trails are open.)
- Nordic/Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Winter Hiking Opportunities
Use this link for information and maps on winter trails available for recreational use in Mesa Verde National Park.
- Winter Ecology Hikes
Explore the local winter ecology with these guided hikes and programs.
For winter trails updates:
- Visit the Winter Trails Condition Report Page
- Call the Chief Ranger's Office (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
- Call the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum (7 days a week, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm)
When engaging in winter activities follow these safety guidelines to ensure a great experience:
- Bring adequate gear, food and water.
- Sign in at the Trail Register so rangers will know you are out there.
- Stay on marked trails so you do not get lost.
- Do not walk on ski trails
- Please leave your pets at home
- Follow all other park rules and regulations.
- For emergencies, please call 911. For non-emergency situations you may contact the Chief Ranger's Office, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Be aware that cell coverage is very spotty throughout the park.