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Restaurants and Picnic Areas in Mesa Verde:

Families visiting Mesa Verde National Park will find excellent restaurants (the Metate Room), spacious cafeterias (Far View Terrace), scenic picnic areas (Spruce Canyon), and convenient snack bars.


Did You Know?

Long House is the second largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, yet it receives fewer than 15% of the park's visitors?


Photo: Visitors gather in Mesa Verde's Cliff House for a ranger-lead interpretive talk.


Restaurants and Picnic Areas


The Metate Room in the Far View Lodge is a fine-dining restaurant and lounge, serving dinner only.  Giant windows offer panoramic views of the distant canyons and mesas of the Colorado Plateau. Its Nouveau-Mexican cuisine includes lots of sage-spiced, pinyon-nut-encrusted dishes that are both creative and delicious.

Far View Terrace cafeteria, nearby, serves breakfast, lunch, and vast park vistas.

Snack bars on Weatherill Mesa and near the museum offer a choice of sandwiches, fruit, sodas, and bottled water.

You can eat your lunch outdoors at several picnic grounds throughout the park. The Mancos Valley Overlook is marked as a picnic area, but it has only a covered stone bench and no picnic tables. Closest to the park entrance and campground, it has a sweeping view to the north and east over the Mancos River and the San Juan Mountains. Just up the road, the Montezuma Valley Overlook has sunny picnic tables and a trail leads to a spectacular view of the canyon country to the west. On Chapin Mesa, the best picnic ground is near the Spruce Canyon Trail. Formerly the park’s campground, it has fire grates and restrooms with running water. The shade from its trees is lovely, and the cliff side picnic sites have beautiful views. More tables are near Cliff Palace and the Pueblo Ruins as well but these tend to have less shade. The Weatherill Mesa parking area also has a few tables, and although the trees there were burned to gnarly black sticks in a recent forest fire, the bare branches are thick enough to offer some shade.


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