Park Hours & Tour Times

Mesa Verde National Park is open year round. Some areas of the park, facilities, and tours are only available during certain times. Great itineraries for half day, full day, and overnight trips are available in the Trip Planner section.

The best way to experience Mesa Verde is getting out early. Temperatures quickly rise by the afternoon and shade is limited on many of the attractions and tours. Summer monsoon rains are also a concern in July, August, and September. The park is expansive enough to warrant good planning at the Visitor Center on arrival and the drive to Chapin Mesa is another 30 minutes from the highway. Some Ranger-guided tours sell out as well.

Visitor Services & Program Schedule
Facilities: Hours of Operation

Specific site and dwelling guides are available for free from the Mesa Verde Museum Association Website.

Guided Tours

A Mesa Verde National Park Tour provides a convenient and professional tour of the most spectacular places to visit at Mesa Verde. Enjoy the free shuttle from Durango, Colorado and relax while your personal park expert leads you on a journey back in time. Park fees, Ranger-guided tours, and a great deli lunch are provided. Tours are available everyday but space is limited! Learn more…

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....
Park Hours & Tour Times July 18, 2014