Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

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VISIT Mesa Verde National Park:

Park Details

Mesa Verde National Park was established on June 29, 1906, and has a total area of 52,485 acres (82 square miles, or 212 square kilometers).

Address Mile .7 Headquarters Loop Road, Mesa Verde National Park, CO, 81330
HoursOpen year round
Entrance Fee$20 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Mesa Verde National Park is the 114th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Mesa Verde National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Mesa Verde National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Mesa Verde National Park are May, June, August & July.

Park Visits7,0386,33115,53327,91660,106111,115108,82878,74364,53343,01216,8508,472
Avg Temp353745556677817871594636
Max Temp454757677785888580715948
Avg Temp202227344452575649402922
Min Temp14721293747473322101
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Mesa Verde National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Mesa Verde National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Arches & Canyonlands7927
Continental Divide National Historic Trail RV Road Trip2,31514
Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon to Rocky Mountains1,00512

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Mesa Verde National Park.

Yucca House National Monument12 mi
Hovenweep National Monument35 mi
Aztec Ruins National Monument36 mi
Chaco Culture National Historical Park83 mi
Natural Bridges National Monument88 mi
Canyon De Chelly National Monument91 mi
Canyonlands National Park97 mi
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park104 mi
Curecanti National Recreation Area108 mi
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site118 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Mesa Verde National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Morefield - Mesa Verde National ParkMancos, CO more 9 miles
Main - Mancos State ParkDolores, CO more 19 miles
West - Mancos State ParkDolores, CO more 20 miles
Target TreeMancos, CO more 20 miles
McpheeDolores, CO more 22 miles
House CreekDolores, CO more 23 miles
TransferMancos, CO more 25 miles
SnowslideDurango, CO more 26 miles
KroegerDurango, CO more 26 miles
Ferris CanyonCortez, CO more 31 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Mesa Verde National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Hesperus Ski AreaHesperus, CO8,888 ft47%25 mi
PurgatoryDurango, CO10,822 ft51%34 mi
Chapman Hill Ski AreaDurango, CO6,555 ft49%35 mi
Kendall Mountain Ski AreaSilverton, CO9,596 ft19%63 mi
SilvertonSilverton, CO13,847 ft100%63 mi
TellurideTelluride, CO13,320 ft89%64 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%95 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Mesa Verde National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Mesa Verde National Park.

Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO277 mi
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT311 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ326 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ373 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV377 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Mesa Verde National Park.

Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO134 mi
San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO145 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO166 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM181 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO190 mi
Grand Canyon National Park AirportGCNGrand Canyon - Tusayan, AZ220 mi
Flagstaff Pulliam International AirportFLGFlagstaff, AZ227 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.