National Park

Mesa Verde Dog Policy

Mesa Verde National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []

This area constitutes over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who lived here and elsewhere in the Four Corners region for at least 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and the Balcony House, with its many passages and tunnels.[1]

Mesa Verde National Park is somewhat dog friendly. Dogs aren't allowed on most trails, and they aren't allowed in archeological sites. However, there are a couple trails where dogs are allowed, and they're allowed in the campground and along roads.


Pet Policy Details
82 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are not allowed on many trails at Mesa Verde. Dogs are, however, allowed on the following trails while on a leash:

  • Some Wetherill Mesa trails, when they're open; make sure to check the signs to confirm whether the trail allows dogs
  • Long House Loop - 5 miles long

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in the Morefield Campground, as long as they're under physical control.

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed along paved roads while on a 6' or less leash.

Location & Map

Cortez and Mancos

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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