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Note:  this same schedule for free days will apply to all properties managed by the National Park service.



Mesa Verde to Offer Free Admission on Four Days in 2018


MESA VERDE, CO – The National Park Service has announced the fee free days for 2018. On these days, the public is invited to experience all national parks, including Mesa Verde National Park, without entrance fees.


The 2018 entrance fee-free days are:

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 21: First Day of National Park Week

September 22: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day
 “Fee-free days offer a wonderful time for new visitors to become familiar with the park and for return visitors to reacquaint themselves,” said Superintendent Cliff Spencer.  “I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.”


Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.


The entrance fee waiver does not cover camping or tours.

In 2016, Mesa Verde National Park had more than 580,000 visitors. Those visitors spent $60.6 million in local communities which helped to support 883 jobs.

For more information about Mesa Verde National Park, please visit our website at


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