Colorado Resort Adventure Guide

Mesa Verde
National Park

These pre-Columbian cliff dwellings and other works of early people are the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Established June 29, 1906.
Boundary changes: June 30, 1913; May 27,1932; Dec. 23, 1963.
Wilderness designed Oct. 20, 1976.
Designated a World Heritage Site Sept. 6, 1978.
Acreage - 52,121.93
Federal: 51,890.65
Nonfederal: 231.28
Wilderness area: 8,100

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
(970) 529-4465
Mesa Verde

Entrance Fee is $10.00 per vehicle. Tickets are required for Balcony House and Cliff Palace tours ($2.00 per person per tour). Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center.

The museum and Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling are open all year. The Cliff Palace and Balcony House ruins are closed from approximately mid-October to mid-April. The Wetherill Mesa ruins are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day only. The Far View Visitor Center is open only during the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Chapin Mesa Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the summer and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the rest of the year.

Morefield Campground is open from mid-April through mid-October for tents and trailers. No reservations are accepted. Standard sites are $16 per night and hook-up sites are $25 per night (very limited availability). Morefield has restrooms, and each site has a table, benches and grills. Lodging is available at Far View Lodge, which is closed in winter. Reservations can be made by contacting the Mese Verde Co., PO Box 227, Mancos, CO 81328, 970-565-2133 or 800-449-2288.

The park entrance is midway between Cortez and Mancos on US 160. Vehicles are permitted only on roads, turnouts and parking areas. Hiking is restricted to established park trails. Mountain bikes are not permitted on trails. Late May and June is when biting knats are plentiful. Because the trails are primitive you will need to wear sturdy hiking shoes.

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