Mesa Verde, Colorado—An extraordinary treasure trove of archeological and natural wonders
Best known for its hundreds of ancient Pueblo Indian cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park is perched high in the mountains of Southwest Colorado. Found in the Four Corners region of the United States, this national treasure preserves the relics of a large community of Ancestral Puebloans. These ingenious and resourceful native Americans farmed the mesas on the Colorado Plateau between 1100 and 1300 AD, and built houses of stone in the cliffs below.
When you visit Mesa Verde Country, be sure to explore some of the most impressive Mesa Verde ruins.
Mesa Verde tours provide a structured way to explore Mesa Verde National Park while learning more about Mesa Verde history. Enjoy self-guided tours of Mesa Verde or take ranger-led walking tours. If walking is not for you, you may tour by bus.
The Four Corners region is made up of southeastern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. Major airports closest to Mesa Verde are the Albuquerque airport, known as the Albuquerque International Sunport, and the Phoenix airport, known as the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. From there, you may choose to rent a car or drive in or take a connecting flight to the Four Corners Regional Airport or the Cortez Municipal Airport.
Should you be traveling by road to Mesa Verde Country, be sure to spend some time on the San Juan Skyway. Part of the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway System, the skyway begins in Durango CO and passes through the towns of Mancos Co and Cortez CO. Mesa Verde National Park is very close to Cortez, so you may want to find lodging in Cortez CO hotels. You will also find enough restaurants in Cortez CO to satisfy everyone in your party.
While Mesa Verde National Park offers stupendous sights and insight, the Four Corners region has still more must-see attractions. The Four Corners Monument, where four states meet, is not to be missed. A scenic jaunt through remote Navajo Country will allow you to see the unspoiled lands that Native Americans have treasured throughout the centuries.
Once you’ve seen the Four Corners Monument, you’ll want to travel the Trail of the Ancients to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. You might also enjoy a stop at the Hawkins Preserve and Hawkins Pueblo or the Lowry Pueblo. And, be sure to see the Natural Bridges National Monument.
Mesa Verde Country is the perfect destination for your next adventure vacation.
Mesa Verde National Park has been voted Top Monument by Condé Nast Traveler
Top 15 Things to Do
in Mesa Verde Country:
Festivals & Special Events
Native American culture, diverse music and art, balloon launches, birdwatching, beer gardens, wine tasting, southwestern cuisine: Mesa Verde Country has an event sure to entertain, educate and amaze you!
Overview of Festivals & Special Events in Mesa Verde Country
- Mesa Verde Balcony House—Climb a 32-foot ladder and crawl through a tunnel to access this treasure
- Mesa Verde Cliff Palace—Explore more than 150 rooms beneath a canyon rim
- Spruce Tree House—Admire the best preserved Mesa Verde cliff dwellings.
September 11, 2010