Mesa Verde Fast Facts

  • Mesa Verde National Park covers a total area of 52,074 acres
  • The number of people visiting Mesa Verde in 2017 was 613,788 *
  • Mesa Verde was made a national park on June 29, 1906
  • The lowest elevation found in Mesa Verde is 6,015 feet at Soda Canyon
  • The highest elevation found in Mesa Verde is 8,571 feet at Park Point
  • The entrance fee for Mesa Verde is $20 per vehicle per week
  • Mesa Verde National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
  • We last visited Mesa Verde National Park in July 2008
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Mesa Verde Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Mesa Verde

  • Mesa Verde is the only national park in the United States created to protect cultural and historical sites rather than natural features.
  • UNESCO named Mesa Verde National Park a World Heritage Site in 1978.
  • There are more than 4000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.

Where is Mesa Verde National Park?

Mesa Verde National Park is located in the remote southwestern corner of Colorado. The city of Cortez is a short distance from the park, and is generally considered the gateway town for Mesa Verde. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Mesa Verde.

Main Entrance
(37.33905872384795, -108.41191095183603)

More About Mesa Verde

We have pages on all sorts of things about Mesa Verde National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and a page to buy Books. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.