Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center


Mesa Verde National Park, CO
United States

Project Size
105 acres
Project type
Open space - Park
Site Context
Former Land Use
Terrestrial Biome
$14 million
Project overview

The site sensitive landscape design surrounding the Visitor and Research Center reflects Mesa Verde National Park's mission to educate the public about the archeological, biological, and physical resources of the park and their inter-connectivity. Revegetation of the site was accomplished through a mix of native and drought tolerant species while addressing concerns of fire danger. The new building, located at the park entrance, replaces the aging Far View Visitor Center as the park's primary facility for orienting visitors to opportunities within the park and surrounding area. It also houses a state-of-the-art research and storage facility for the park's archives and museum collection of over three million objects. The new facility also earned a LEED® Platinum rating. photo by: National Park Service

Project Team
  • National Park Service – Mesa Verde National Park: Bill Nelligan, Deputy Superintendent
  • National Park Service – Denver Service Center: Jodie Petersen, Project Manager, Landscape Architect
  • ajc architects: Derek Wilson, Architect, SITES documentation
  • Landmark Design, Inc.: Lisa Benson, Landscape Architect, SITES documentation
  • BNA Consulting: Gary Mesker, PE, Electrical Engineer
  • Colvin Engineering: John Burrows, PE, Mechanical Engineer
  • Dunn Engineering: Chris Olson, PE, Strucutral Engineer