Mesa Verde National Park Information

Mesa Verde is located in Southwest Colorado approximately 1 hour from Durango and 15 minutes from Cortez on Highway 160. The Visitor Center is just off the highway and should not be missed. It is full of interesting park facts and also where Ranger Guided Tour tickets are purchased. The Visitor Center is great place to get more Mesa Verde National Park Information. Just after the Visitor Center is the gate where park entrance fees are paid. The road into the main attractions of Mesa Verde narrow and winding but very scenic.

Moorefield Campground and Ranger Station is on the right hand side. If you are camping in the park, this is your stop to get settled. Day trippers should keep going and head straight for Chapin Mesa or Wetherill Mesa. We made some itineraries that help fit in the best attractions for any amount of time you visit. Chapin Mesa is the more developed and popular area and is approximately 30 minutes from the Visitor Center. Once there you will find the Museum, Spruce Tree House, Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Mesa Top Loop. Wetherill Mesa is less developed and more remote but well worth the trip if you have two days to wander around the park.

We offer professional guided services to make your trip outstanding and worry free. Look at our Mesa Verde National Park Tour.

Mesa Verde Information

  • Special Tours for Photographers
    Special Tours for Photographers
    Mesa Verde Park Staff is offering two special tours for Summer 2017! There will be four special sunrise tours of Balcony House and Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace everyday May 26 – Sept 9. These tours will offer a unique oppoerunity to capture these spectacular cliff...
  • Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    The Petroglyph Point Trail is a lovely excursion for the active bunch to do while visiting Mesa Verde. The 2.4 mile trail is a good activity to do during the heat of the day. The majority of the trail and most strenuous part is shaded, ending...
  • Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    This self-guided tour of Step House on Wetherill Mesa is quick and accessible from the trail, 3/4 mile in length that loops the dwelling. We recommend doing this either at the beginning or end of the day due to the high sun exposure of the trail...

Park Alerts

  • Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House, an iconic self-guided cliff dwelling in the heart of Chapin Mesa, is unfortunately CLOSED for the unforeseeable future due to concerns about rock fall. It can still be viewed from the Museum overlook....
National Park Information July 18, 2014