Park Fees and Permits
Admission is $15 per vehicle for a seven-day permit. An annual pass is $30. Ranger-led tours of Cliff Palace, Long House, and Balcony House are $3 per person. You can also take ranger-guided bus tours from the Far View Lodge, which last between 3½ and 4 hours and cost $42–$48 ($37 for kids; under 5 free). Backcountry hiking and fishing are not permitted at Mesa Verde.
Mesa Verde’s facilities each operate on their own schedule, but most are open daily, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, between about 8 am and sunset. The rest of the year, they open at 9. In winter, the Spruce Tree House is open only to offer a few scheduled tours each day. Wetherill Mesa (and all of the sites it services) is open only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Far View Visitor Center, Far View Terrace, and Far View Lodge are open between April and October. Morefield Campground and the sites nearby are open from mid-May through mid-October.
Mancos Valley Bank. There's a full-service branch as well as an ATM in Cortez, on Highway 160, and in Mancos. 27880 Hwy. 160, Cortez, CO, 81321. 970/565–5432 Cortez; 970/533–7736 Mancos. www.mancosvalleybank.com. Lobby open Mon.–Thurs., 9–4, and Fri. 9–5.
Automobile Service Station
Morefield Service Station. The only place to find gas in the park is at the Morefield Service Station, in the Morefield Campground Village. The station offers the basics—gas and oil changes—and is open from early May through early October. Morefield Campground, 4 miles south of park entrance, Mesa Verde National Park, CO, 81330. 970/565–2407.
Cell-Phone Reception and Internet
Officially, there is no cell service in the park, although you might get a signal at the Morefield Campground area, which is the closest to the neighboring towns of Cortez and Mancos. Public telephones can be found at all the major visitor areas (Morefield, Far View, and Spruce Tree). You can get free Wi-Fi in the lobby of Far View Lodge and at the Morefield Campground store.
Shops and Grocers
Morefield Campground has a nicely stocked store that carries groceries as well as camping basics and last-minute supplies. It’s open 7 am to 9 pm, mid-May to early October. The gift shops at Far View Terrace, Far View Lodge, and Spruce Tree Terrace have a small collection of essentials for sale as well.
To report a fire or call for aid, dial 911 or 970/529–4461. First aid is available at the Chief Ranger’s office, near the Chapin Mesa Museum.