Mesa Verde Wilderness
The Mesa Verde Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below to ensure protection of this unique area.
The “Wilderness Building Blocks” condition assessment report was prepared for Mesa Verde National Park in 2014. However, so far the park has not developed a wilderness management plan separate from its general backcountry policies. In order to ensure the security of the archeological resources, all backcountry areas, including the wilderness units, are closed to public access until such a plan is developed. Access is possible for legitimate scientific research with a signed permit from the superintendent.