Durango, Colorado
Mesa Verde Camping

Camping in Mesa Verde National Park


Mesa Verde National Park is a dream destination for anyone interested in North American history and Native American culture! Here, over 4700 archeological sites, including about 600 cliff dwellings remain cupped in the hands of rugged wilderness.


Want to sleep under the stars like residents of those early civilizations? Morefield Campground, just 4 miles from the park entrance, gives visitors a unique camping option inside Mesa Verde NP. Both RV and tent campers are welcome. Nestled among Gambel Oaks with exquisite canyon views, each of its 435 campsites provides a precious slice of nature.




While Mesa Verde National Park is open year-round, the Morefield Campground is only open from early May to early October. Each site has a grill, picnic table and benches (RV sites also include water, electric and sewage). Accessible potable water, hot showers, coin-operated laundry facilities and dumping stations should meet the needs of most visitors. Leashed pets are allowed in the campground.


Don't have camping gear? No problem! Morefield Campground has a Base Camp program that supplies you with a 10x12 tent, 2 cots and a lantern—along with the amenities listed above you will should have all necessary equipment for a nice stay in the woods. Free pancake breakfast is included.


Morefield Village is a small hub for dining, hiking trails and tour departures. The Park runs a few bus tours including a 5-hour fully interpreted driver-guided family adventure called the "Far View Explorer Tour", offered daily.


If camping is not your style, you may prefer a stay at the Far View Lodge, a lovely inn inside Mesa Verde National Park. Or find comfort at another of the Durango hotels. For all camping reservations in Mesa Verde National Park call 800-449-2288.


Other Camping Options


Looking for more choices? There is an extensive list of campgrounds in San Juan National Forest, as well as sites in the two Colorado State Parks nearest Durango (Navajo State Park and Mancos State Park) and Private Campgrounds (Lightner Creek, KOA and United). There are also RV Parks in the vicinity.