Mesa Verde FAQ
When can we get into the park?
A: Mesa Verde is open
365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
When are the different archaeological sites open?
areas of the park are open year-round:
the Spruce Tree House dwelling and the Mesa Top Loop Road
(weather permitting), which has early surface sites and mesa rim
views of the cliff dwellings.
The Cliff Palace dwelling is open mid-April through October,
and the Balcony House dwelling is open mid-May through mid-October.
The Wetherhill Mesa (including Long House) is open Memorial
Day through Labor Day.
Do you have to take a tour to see the park?
No, tours are only provided as an option for
How long will it take to see the park?
Allow at least 3 hours in Mesa Verde, preferably more, plus
driving time to and from the park.
Most visitors like at least one full day to sightsee and hike.
Are guided tours of the park available?
Full-day and half-day tours depart daily from Far View Lodge
and Morefield Campground.
Tours are fully interpretive, fun and interactive, guided
by professionally trained concession employees.
Admission tickets for individual ranger-guided dwellings
(Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House) are sold at Far View
Visitors Center on a first come, first serve basis.
All tours depart from both Far View Lodge and Morefield Campground
except for the Balcony House Tour.
What is the difference between the tours?
The difference between the tours is the length and dwellings
What do you see on the Cliff Palace
tour? Also, how much
does it cost?
The Cliff Palace tour is an all-day tour, allowing you to
view more of the park. The
tour includes the following:
A historical review of past and present inhabitants of the
park, the story of how the area was happened upon by early settlers,
chance to view early excavations, and a discussion of how the park
became a National Park and designated as a World Heritage Site.
This tour also includes discussions about the geological
lay of the terrain and plant and animal life.
Dwellings viewed on the Cliff Palace tour are the Mesa Loop
Road sites (600AD pithouses to Pueblo structures of 1200AD), the
Spruce Tree dwelling (a walking tour), and Cliff Palace (not handicap
accessible). A Chuckwagon
lunch and a tour of the Mesa Verde Museum are also a part of this
wonderful tour. Admission
is $53.00 per adult, $41.00 for children between the ages of 5-17,
and children under 5 are free.
This tour departs Far View Lodge at 9:30 and returns at 4:30,
and departs Morefield Campground at 9:00 and returns at 5:00.
This tour is available April 13-October 20.
What is included in the Spruce Tree
Tour, what are the times, and how much does it cost per person?
The Spruce Tree tour is a morning half-day tour.
The tour includes an overview of the surrounding terrain,
historical review of past and present inhabitants, information about
plants and animals, and geological formations.
Dwellings to be viewed include a 600AD site on Mesa Loop
Rd and a walking tour of the Spruce Tree House.
This trail is not handicap accessible, so those people can
visit the Mesa Verde Museum while the others walk the trail.
Admission is $32.00 per adult, $21.00 for children between
the ages of 5-17, and children under 5 are free.
It departs Far View Lodge at 9:00am and returns at 12:00
noon, and departs Morefield Campground at 9:30am, returning at 12:30pm.
I am interested in the Balcony House tour.
What all does that include?
This is an afternoon half-day tour.
It includes the following:
Overview of area and a discussion about burn areas pro and
con, a brief historical review of cultural beginnings, plant and
animal life discussions as the tour progresses, and informational
talks about the dwellings.
Dwellings to be viewed include Square Tower House-1200AD
cliff dwellings and geological strata, Twin Trees site-pithouse
construction and Pueblo structures, Sun Temple, and the Balcony
House cliff dwelling. Admission
is $34.00 per adult, $23.00 for children between the ages of 5-17,
and children under the age of 5 are free.
This tour only departs from Far View Lodge at 1:00pm, returning
Are private tours available?
Yes, private tours are available for advance reservations
only. Private tours are for parties of up to 37 people, and may be
scheduled for a maximum of 6 hours with established start and
finished times. Tours
can be tailored to the needs of the group.
(Balcony House or Cliff Palace may be included, but not
both.) Lunch will be
provided at an additional cost.
Professional, ranger-approved guides conduct tours in a Mesa
Verde Company vehicle. These
are fully interpretive and interactive tours relating significance
of flora and fauna, artifacts and use of resources in day-to-day
survival. Prices range
based on the amount of people, (see below).
Call for more information.
$200.00 plus $50.00 for each person, adult or child.
$60.00 per person
Is there camping available at Mesa
Yes, Mesa Verde is home to the Morefield Campground with over
400 trailer and tent sites featuring modern restroom facilities and
pay phones. Checkout time for the campground is 11:00am.
See below for prices per night.
*Full hook-up site ~ $25.00 (+ 5.25% tax)
*Tent or trailer site
w/o hook-ups ~ $19.00 (+ 5.25% tax)
*Tent or trailer site
w/o hook-ups for Golden Age & Golden Access
Pass holders ~ $9.50 (+ 5.25% tax)
*Group rates quoted upon request.
Is lodging available at the park?
Far View Lodge, with 150 rooms, is open April 12-October
20 and usually has space.
If you prefer the outdoors, Morefield Campground is open
April 20-October 20. There
are 435 sites, so there is always room for more, although reservations
are accepted. Please note the Far View Lodge does not accept
Do you have to stay in the park? Is there lodging nearby?
You do not have to stay at the park.
There is plenty of lodging in the towns surrounding Mesa
Verde. Please visit
for a list of lodging establishments.
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