Mesa Verde National Park Guide

Mesa Verde is most famous for the ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Although there are other cliff dwellings in the southwest, there are few as well preserved and as concentrated as those in Mesa Verde.

Centered on two connect mesas (plateaus), you can see several dwellings across narrow ravines and climb down ladders and steep steps to walk through several of them.

This is a fascinating glimpse into the native American history of the United States. There are also several hikes you can so and a fascinating museum to visit.

Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide

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Mesa Verde National Park at a glance

State: Colorado
Main attractions: Ancient cliff dwellings
Best time to go: Early June and September
Hotels/ Airbnbs: Far View Lodge; other accommodations in Cortez, Mancos and Durango
Campgrounds: Morefield Campground inside the park
Dining: Several options inside the park
Shuttle: No

Mesa Verde National Park Guide

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James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and most of the national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

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