Mesa Verde Institute

The Mesa Verde Institute (MVI) is an outdoor field education program of the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. MVI offers special reasonably-priced activities to Mesa Verde National Park visitors that are designed to help visitors better understand and experience the park's incomparable cultural and natural resources. MVI is also a partner in the free Four Corners Lecture Series, which annually offers talks on a variety of topics at venues throughout Montezuma County and at Fort Lewis College.

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Latitude: 37.1778256 Longitude: -108.5229492 Elevation: 6907 ft

Areas of Service and Expertise

All MVI programs are led by uniformed National Park Service rangers or, in the case of our photography workshop, by a university professor.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

MVI offers a variety of programs, from a one-hour twilight tour of Cliff Palace (Mesa Verde's largest cliff dwelling) with historical figures from the park's past, to part or full-day ranger-guided hikes off-pavement to Ancestral Puebloan sites not normally accessible by the public, to a multi-day fall photography workshop. Hike locations may change each year, and activities are available beginning at the end of May and extending into mid-October.

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