Long House

Long House

Step Back in Time

Mesa Verde Long House was excavated between 1959 and 1961 as part of the Wetherill Mesa Archeological Project. This project, funded by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, excavated 15 sites on Wetherill Mesa between 1958 and 1963. Long House and Wetherill Mesa are only open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day (the last Sunday in May through the first Monday in September). Mesa Verde Long House can be explored by ranger-guided tour only. Purchase tickets for 90-minute tours at Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center prior to entering the park.

Mesa Verde Long House Information

Mesa Verde Long House is located on Wetherill Mesa in the western portion of Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde Long House is reached by driving a 12-mile winding road that leaves the main park road just before reaching Far View Terrace. Vehicle length is restricted to 25 feet or less and vehicle weight is restricted to 8,000 lbs.

Along the route are a series of turnouts and overlooks with information about natural features and forest fires. At the end of the road you will find public restrooms, a snack bar, and an orientation area. There is a shaded area with a ranger on duty.