Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a land of ancient ruins left behind by the Anasazi Indians. This is a magical place with plenty to explore. There are ranger led tours, 600 cliff dwellings, hiking trails and interpretive information.

Mesa Verde is one of the more amazing Colorado national parks with the well preserved ruins being the feature site.


The park is located near the Colorado/New Mexico boarder and the Navajo Indians Reservation. Mesa Verde is a year-round operation.

The Ruins

There are numerous archaeological sites in the park, including the 600 cliff dwellings. Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House and Long House are all major attractions and should be seen your first time in the park. All three require you to purchase tickets at the visitors center.

Hiking Trails

The park has several hiking trails that offer access to ruins and cliff dwellings. For a short hike we like the 2.5 mile Petroglyph Point Trail. This trail has great views and of course, Petroglyphs.

For a longer hike consider the almost 8 mile Prater Ridge Trail. Hiking this trail is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Anasazi Indians.

Chapin Mesa Museum

The Chapin Mesa Archaeology Museum has great displays and exhibits about the park and the archaeological histroy of the area.


Guided and self guided tours are available in the park. Guided tours are fun and educational. We recommend taking at least one guided tour.

Similar Attractions

Four Corners, Great Basin Desert, Hovenweep National Monument, Chaco Canyon.

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