Mesa Verde National Park


Mesa Verde is a place where the fascinating and incredible dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples can be explored and appreciated by curious visitors and those with a passion for Native American history. The park currently serves as guardian for close to 5,000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff-dwellings. Wearing its U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site badges with pride, the park was created over a century ago by President Theodore Roosevelt to preserve the amazing mountain-hewn architecture, including the awe-inspiring Cliff Palace.


Before getting started, drop by the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center near the park's entrance to get your bearings. Cruise the historic Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Road for scenic views and ticketed destinations.

Price range

Park Entrance Fees for Individuals, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists are $5 from January 2 - May 22, and $8 from May 23 - September 1. Park Entrance Fees for Private Vehicles are $10 from January 2 - May 22 and from September 2 - December 31; the fees for same are $15 from May 23 - September 1. Mesa Verde Annual Passes are $30, and good for a full year from the date of sale.

Best time to visit

The park is open year-round, but for area specifics, clickhere.

Near by POI

Hovenweep National Monument pays tribute to the six village groups of the Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi) peoples. The San Juan Skyway is a 233-mile-long looping road through the San Juan Mountains.