How does one tour the ancient sites and cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde?
Comprehensive interpretive half-day ranger-guided bus tours are available for visitors wishing to share up-to-date knowledge of a variety of sites. A driver-guided tour to Far View and Mesa Top sites is also available. Other tours range from independent self-guided, to ranger-led walking tours and ranger-guided half-day bus tours. Many sites in Mesa Verde may be visited by individuals without a ranger/guide, free of charge. Ranger-led walking tours of Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House are available on varying schedules, admission ticket purchase required for a nominal fee.
When can we get into Mesa Verde National Park?
Mesa Verde is open 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day with limited access to sites during the off season.
How much is the entrance fee for Mesa Verde National Park?
The entrance fee for the park is $15.00 per car Memorial Day to Labor Day and $10.00 per car for the rest of the year.
When are different archaeological sites open in Mesa Verde?
Two areas of the Mesa Verde National Park are open year-round: Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling and the Mesa Top Loop Road (weather permitting), which has early surface sites and mesa rim views of the cliff dwellings.
NOTE: Spruce Tree House is currently closed through an anticipated late 2019 date. For more information please read the following statement.
- Ranger-guided bus tours mid-April though mid-October
- Cliff Palace is open mid-April through October
- Balcony House is open mid-May through mid-October
- Wetherill Mesa (including Long House) is open Memorial Day through Labor Day
- Admission tickets for individual ranger-guided dwellings (Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Long House) are sold at Far View Visitors Center on a first-come, first -served basis.
How long will it take to see Mesa Verde National Park?
Allow at least six hours in Mesa Verde, preferably more – plus driving time to and from the Park. Most visitors want at least an overnight and one full day to sightsee and hike. Two days with an overnight in the park is recommended to see both Wetherill and Chapin Mesa sites and enjoy one of Mesa Verde's spectacular hiking trails.
Are guided tours of Mesa Verde National Park available?
Yes. Half-day tours of Mesa Verde depart daily from Far View Lodge or Far View Terrace. Tours are fun and interactive, fully interpreted by National Park Service ranger-guides aboard comfortable motor coach transportation.
- "700 Years", our most popular tour is ranger-guided and shares current interpretation of the Ancestral Puebloan people. This 4-hour tour includes short hikes to archaeological sites along the Mesa Loop Road and a walking tour of Cliff Palace. Two departures daily from Far View Lodge (with pick up at Far View Terrace) 8:00 am - 12:00 noon. $46.00 adults and $33.00 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm $39.00 adults and $24 children. Children are 11 years and under.
Is there lodging in Mesa Verde National Park?
Yes! Mesa Verde National Park offers a variety of lodging styles. Far View Lodge, 15 miles inside the park, is the only lodging available inside the park. The lodge's 150 rooms offer stunning views from its 8250-foot elevation mid-April through mid-October. Camping in Mesa Verde is permitted at Morefield Campground, with over 267 campsites available early May through mid-October. Reservations are accepted for 15 full hook up sites, dry tent/RV sites and group campsites.
What is your pet policy?
Pets are not allowed on park trails or in archaeological sites, or in public buildings. However, pets are welcome in specific Standard rooms at Far View Lodge. A $50.00 deposit (refundable pending no excess cleaning or damage) and a fee of $10.00 per pet, per night is required. Pets may not be left unattended in rooms or vehicles.