Mesa Verde National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Larry Wiese
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The Pueblo people made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Park Acreage: 
52122
Highest Point: 
Park Point Lookout
Highest Point Elevation: 
8571 feet
Visitor Count: 
557248
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Puebloan Cliff Dwellings; Spruce Tree House; Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum; Mesa Top Loop Road; Cliff Palace; Balcony House; Far View Sites Complex; Long House; Step House
Endangered Species: 
Fish Hook Cactus; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5-$8 (seasonal); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10-$15 (seasonal); Mesa Verde Annual Pass: $30; Commercial Tour Fees (valid for 7 days): $25 +$5-$8 per person (seasonal)
Nearest Major City: 
Cortez, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Mancos, CO; Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Lewis, CO; Hesperus, CO; Yellow Jacket, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ); Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN)