Experience a sense of discovery by visiting this sprawling, unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan site that has remained largely untouched for the past 800 years! The 0.5-mile (0.8 km), 1-hour easy to moderate hike is led by a park archeologist.
April 20, May 18, August 17, September 21
(May 18 cancelled due to weather - rescheduled for May 25)
Price: Free, registration required
•Meet at the Cortez Welcome Center at 4:30 pm and carpool to the site
•Tour is limited to 15 people
Consider your physical health before joining a hike. Hiking is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory history, or other physical difficulties.
Carry and drink plenty of water. Two quarts are mandatory for each hiker.
What to Bring
Sturdy footwear is required. Sunscreen, snacks, a small first-aid kit and rain gear are suggested. A camera and binoculars will make the hike more enjoyable.
Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty. Adults carrying children in backpacks must maintain mobility and balance on rugged terrain.
Rain or Shine
The weather is variable. It’s possible to begin in full sun and end with a thunderstorm. Plan for all weather conditions.
Your safety depends on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention. Don’t ruin your vacation by having an accident. Your safety is your responsibility.
*If you arrive unprepared, the Ranger has the authority to turn you away with no refund.*
We will follow “Leave No Trace/Pack it in, Pack it out” policy.
Mesa Verde Institute
Inaugurated on the park’s centennial anniversary in 2006, the Institute was established to offer visitors an expanded and in-depth experience at Mesa Verde National Park. Through weeklong seminars, day workshops, educational hikes, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages may engage in enhanced educational and interpretive opportunities and gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners region.
These opportunities share the message that a sustained and thoughtful stewardship ethic is essential to preserving and protecting cultural and natural resources. In this spirit, the Institute is dedicated to sharing Mesa Verde with the world.