Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home from 600 to 1300 CE. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Park operations look a little different this year due to COVID-19 and services may be limited. But there is still much to see and do, with many self-guided opportunities such as the Mesa Top Loop Drive, hiking trails, and magnificent views of cliff dwellings! Cell service is extremely limited inside the park, so we encourage you to plan ahead and use our Online Virtual Ranger Station to plan your visit before you arrive. There, you will find useful planning information with links to maps, printable visitor guides, and an opportunity to download the Mesa Verde Mobile App.
You can pay the park entrance fee online this year, and we encourage you to purchase a digital pass before you arrive at the park. It does not require an additional fee. Your current options are the Mesa Verde 7-day pass (per vehicle or motorcycle) and the Mesa Verde Annual Pass.
Please review the information on this page to purchase a pass or to learn more about digital pass options, what they cover, and how much each cost. If you wish to purchase an America the Beautiful, National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes, such as the Annual, Access, or Senior pass, please inquire at the park's entrance station upon arrival.
This pass is only valid for entrance fees at Mesa Verde National Park All visitors at Mesa Verde National Park are required to pay an entrance fee. Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass or digital pass on your mobile device. Print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit. Connectivity may be limited, and the pass must be available to show at all times when visiting Mesa Verde National Park. Passes are non-transferable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
Photo identification will be required to verify ownership.