Camping Mesa Verde National Park

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Camping Mesa Verde National Park

Can you camp in Mesa Verde National Park?

Camping in Mesa Verde National Park is possible. However, there is only one campsite there. This is located near the park entrance. However, there are other campsites in the vicinity of the national park where you can camp near the Mesa Verde National Park can camp. I always came to Mesa Verde on road trips where my stay was limited to one day. However, because I was there frequently, I got to know the park well. Coming from Moab or the Four Corners region via Shiprock, we used to camp in Cortez. Traveling from the east, the campground prior to arrival was in Durango. There was usually not enough time for an overnight stay in the national park. However, if you take several days for the national park, I definitely recommend overnight stays at the campsite in Mesa Verde.


Mesa Verde National Park Hiking Trails at Morefield Campground
Camping at Mesa Verde National Park at Morefield Campground

Camping in Mesa Verde National Park at Morefield Campground

Morefield Campground is the only campground that allows camping in Mesa Verde National Park. It is four miles from the park entrance in the national park.

Opening times: April 28th – October 11th

There are also so-called primitive camping dates where no services are offered. These are:

  • Spring: April 14 – April 27
  • Autumn: October 12 – October 26

The campsite is surrounded by nature and offers 267 campsites. The Knife Edge Café, which is part of the campground, offers an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast during the season. There is also a gift shop and a well-stocked grocery and camping shop. There are also barbecue grills on the pitches for the steak or the One pot stew im Dutch Oven. Three of the Hiking trails in Mesa Verde National Park. While these don't lead to clifftop settlements, they do lead to beautiful views from the mesa of the surrounding area. You have to drive deeper into the park to get to the clifftop settlements.

Morefield Campground

Mile Marker 4 US 160
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone: +18004492288

Camping near Mesa Verde National Park

Do you have a larger mobile home? Then there are camping options near the national park that are also suitable for Class A and 5th wheel RVs.

Ancient Cedars RV Park

This campground is directly opposite the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, although outside the national park boundaries. There are parking spaces for Class A and 5th Wheel RVs with easy access. There are also pull through pitches with full hook-ups, water, and 20/30/50 AMP. The campground is not as overgrown as Morefield Campground. Therefore, it is more suitable for larger RVs. Campers who want more shade and privacy will also find suitable pitches here. If you only travel with a sleeping bag, you will find simple log cabins with a refrigerator, TV, microwave, heating and air conditioning, but without running water near the campsite showers. Bed linen is not provided. Fire pits are available at all campsites and sites with water and electricity, as well as most RV sites. Free WiFi in the park. Swimming pool. 24 hour car wash facilities.

34979 US-160,
Mancos, CO 81328

Tel. 1 (970) 565-3517

Mesa Verde RV Resort

Camping near Mesa Verde National Park is also available at Mesa Verde RV Resort. This campsite is just a little further towards Mancos. The Kachina Dancer statue on Highway 160 points to the campground entrance. The campground has top ratings from Good Sam, Woodalls and is AAA and CAA listed. Large mobile homes can also be accommodated here. It offers clean shower rooms, 24-hour laundry facilities, free WiFi, two hot tubs and a heated swimming pool, as well as a sitting area with gas Grills and fireplaces. You can also rent charcoal grills and portable fireplaces for a BBQ or Dutch Oven dinner.

35303 US HWY 160
Mancos, Colo. 81328

Tel. 1.970.533.7421 as well

Camping in Cortez, near Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez RV Resort by Rjourney

On my road trips we mostly camped in Cortez at this campsite. This campground was once a KOA campground. Today it has new owners, but continues to offer the same services as before. There are pull-thru and back-in parking spaces here, including for large RVs. You can stay in tents, or there are simple log cabins and teepees to rent without running water or a kitchen, where you have to bring your own bedding. There is WiFi, fire pits, picnic tables, public shower rooms.

27432 US-160
Cortez, CO 81321

Tel: (970) 837-7057

There are other campsites in Cortez, but they are in town. I liked the Cortez RV Resort on the outskirts better.


Love RVing to Mesa Verde National Park?

  • Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find information and a selection of booking options.
  • You can find parking spaces, for example, at the Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park. (Tel. 1-800-449-2288)
  • Be sure to check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.


Mesa Verde National Park Questions and Answers

How much time do you need in the park?

The absolute minimum for a visit is one day. During this time, however, you have to choose carefully what you want to visit, because one day is not enough to see everything. If you want to visit both the Chapin and Wetherill Mesa, you should allow at least 2-3 days. If hikes are also planned, you can add another 1-2 days.

How many entrances are there to Mesa Verde National Park?

There is only one entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. This is located on Highway 160 between Mancos and Cortez. It is located approximately 35 miles (approx. 56 km) west of Durango. From the park entrance it is another 21 miles (approx. 34 km) to the first cliff settlement. The road there is steep, narrow and winding.


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Camping Mesa Verde National Park

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Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika