All about Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a unique national park.  The park is a combination of natural wonder with man-made ingenuity.  The impressive cliffs and landscape of Mesa Verde is worthy of being a national park in their own right.  Add in the over 600 cliff dwelling built on those impressive cliffs, Mesa Verde is in a class on its own.  This unique combo of man and nature is one reason Mesa Verde is both a National Park and a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mesa Verde National Park Profile

Region  Intermountain Region
Park Size

52,485.17 acres (82 sq miles) (212.4 sq km)

About the size of the island of Pine Island in Florida

Elevation Highest point: 8,571 ft (2,612 m) at Park Point Lookout
Lowest point: 6,015 feet (1,833 m) at Soda Canyon
Location Montezuma County
Nearby Cities Cortez
Founding Date

Mesa Verde National Park – June 29, 1906

UNESCO World Heritage Site – 1978

Visitors  610,000 (in 2017) 
Busy Season May to September
Visitor Centers

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center – Open Year Around

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum – Open Year Around

Morefield Ranger Station – Late May to Early September

Cliff Dwellings

(These tours are $5.00 per person)

Balcony House – Mid April to Late October

Cliff Palace – Late May to Late September

Long House – Late May to Late October

Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees

7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass

     May to October – $20     Rest of the Year – $15

7-day Motorcycle Pass

     May to October – $15    Rest of the Year – $10

7-day Individual Pass

     May to October – $10     Rest of the Year – $7

Annual Pass

Mesa Verde National Park Pass – $40

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

Pets Yes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Mesa Verde Pet Policy.
Mesa Verde National Park Climate 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 40 43 50 58 69 80
Average low in °F: 20 23 29 34 43 51
Av. precipitation in inch: 1.18 1.61 1.73 1.3 1.02 0.47
Av. Snowfall in inch: 18 14 12 5 0 0
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 85 82 75 62 49 40
Average low in °F: 57 56 49 38 28 20
Av. precipitation in inch: 1.61 2.24 1.85 1.73 1.54 1.54
Av. Snowfall in inch: 0 0 0 2 7 16


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