When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.
March - November
Best to visit when the weather is warm to experience the atmosphere in the streets.
This city seems to always have people walking around during the summer months no matter what day of the week it is.
Mesa Verde is always open. We recommend a visit after Labor Day in September. However, the best time to visit depends on what you are looking for. Read on for detailed information about the weather, how to avoid the crowds and the best time for tours:
The best time to avoid the crowds and still enjoy pleasant weather is September after Labor Day, as long as guided tours are offered. School holidays are between the end of May and Labor Day. Around 600,000 visitors come to Mesa Verde annually, most of them in the summer. There are fewer people in the early morning and the late afternoon.
There isn’t much rain. It’s a dry area better known as “Four Corners”. The driest month is June, the "wettest" in August. Thunderstorms occur in summer. In Autumn the temps are still pleasant. Due to the high-elevation snow is common in the winter. Spring starts late, and temps are bearable in the summer with around 30°C / 86°, winter average is 4°C / 39°F. Check road and weather conditions first, as it’s located in high elevation between 7,000 to 8,572 foot / 2.134 to 2.613 meter. During heavy snowfall, roads may be closed. The road to Wetherill Mesa with the Step House and Long House opens to the public depending on the weather conditions (snow and ice) between late April to Mid-May and closure between mid to late October. The road is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in spring and fall and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mesa Verde lookouts are open year-round, even in winter from 8 A.M. until sunset. Visitor Center and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum are also open throughout the year. Check the Opening hours. Most shops, restaurants, gas station are open from late spring to late fall.
You can enjoy this beautiful view of the bridge in any season.
In Spring, there are beautiful Sakura. Besides Spring, the Castle area is a nice park.
The very best weeks for the garden are the end of May and beginning of June. At this time of the year, the huge rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. My visit was at the end of June, and I only got an idea that it must be magnificent a few weeks earlier.
The castle and garden are open to the public after Easter until the end of October from 10 a.m., and the last admission is at 5 p.m.
It gets crowded at midday. To enjoy the castle and the garden with few people only arrive early at 10 a.m.
Tours to the private apartments are offered once a year for several weeks by arrangement only.
You can enjoy a visit any season. They say that in the summer it's more beautiful. In general it's more pleasant to visit the city between spring and fall. During winter you don't experience a Siberian cold but the temperature still drops to a freezing daytime average of -12°C (10°F) in January/February.
Opening hours of the museum are: daily 11 AM - 6 PM (Saturday till 8 PM). Closed on Mondays. It can get a little busy if you arrive together with others on a tour but not heavily crowded. Visitors: 80,000 each year only.