Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site, is the first National Park set aside to preserve the works of humankind. America's premier archaeological wonder, the Park tells the story of a civilization's dynamic growth and provides an opportunity for visitors to see and experience what life was like for the Ancestral Puebloans who lived there for over 700 years. National Geographic Traveler picked it as one of the "50 Must See Places of a Lifetime" and readers of Conde Nast Traveler selected it #1 in the Top Monuments category.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the Park; Balcony House, one of the best preserved and most unique cliff dwellings in the Park; Spruce Tree House, a cliff dwelling that is open year round and contains a restored Kiva. Mesa Verde Museum displaying artifacts and dioramas and the Museum Book Store with excellent books on the area. In the summer visit Wetherill Mesa and Long House, the second largest cliff dwelling in the Park. Park Point provides spectacular views of Southwest Colorado and our three adjoining states.
DISTANCE FROM CORTEZ: Park entrance is 9 miles east.
DAY TRIPPIN' TIME: Allow a full day to see the Park.
ACCESS: Car, light walking or hiking, entrance fee.
SERVICES: Cortez, Dolores, Mancos, Towaoc, and Mesa Verde National Park.