Morefield Campground sits in upper Morefield Canyon about four miles inside Mesa Verde National Park. The spacious campground offers 267 campsites in seven loops. At the campground entrance off the park road is Morefield Village with a grocery store, gift shop, café, laundry facilities, showers, and gas station. Each campsite has a grill and picnic table. All campsites are open for tents, campers, trailers, and RVs, although many sites have small parking areas that limit vehicle size. There are 15 RV sites with full hookups; reservations required. The campground is peaceful, quiet, and rarely full, so animals, including turkeys and mule deer, often prowl through the sites. Morefield is open from late April to mid-October, although dates may vary.
- The campground rarely fills so it’s easy to get a campsite, even in the evening. You can also make reservations ahead of time by calling 800-449-2288. Aramark Leisure operates the campground. Checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Campers complain about the high cost for a campsite and the extra charge for each extra person. Other campsites are outside the national park, including Mancos State Park.
- Campground loops have comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks. Bears are in the area so bear-proof food lockers and dumpsters are available. Put away all food and clean your site after every meal. Don’t bring food or scented products into your tent at night. Pets are allowed in the campground, but must be leashed at all times.
- Ranger-led evening campfire programs are at the campground amphitheater from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The free programs, which began here in 1907, are 45 to 60 minutes long. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to your campsite.
- Morefield Campground is the best place to go hiking at Mesa Verde National Park. Hiking is restricted in the rest of the park to protect archeological sites. Prater Ridge Trail makes a 7.8-mile loop around the high ridge west of the campground. The two-mile, roundtrip hike on Knife Edge Trail follows the old park road to Montezuma Valley Overlook. The 2.2-mile, roundtrip hike up Point Lookout Trail climbs to a spectacular viewpoint above the park entrance.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green