Mesa Verde National Park

The Cliff Palace today

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Mesa Verde National Park

  • Where is it?: – Cortez and Mancos, CONational Park
  • Recreation Activities: Camping · Educational Programs · Hiking · Wildlife Viewing

Mesa Verde National Park (or “Green Table” in Spanish – that should give you a clue) – is a great place to have a look at the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people (ancestral village) who lived there for more than 700 years, between around 600 and 1300 AD. There are an astonishing 4,000 archeological sites or more, including truly remarkable cliff dwellings and some of the best preserved sites in the US. You can actually visit some of these cliff dwellings on ranger lead tours, so make sure you get yourself a ticket and prepare to be amazed. Talk about a room with a view! All of them!!

Mesa Verde National Park is open throughout the year, but some of the facilities are not (along with access to some archeological sites) so you’d better check it out if you’re planning to visit off season.  The climate is pretty mild all year, although snow has been known to fall as early as October and as late as May. Summer afternoons are prone to thunderstorms so be prepared for a downpour.

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Isn’t it fantastic? You really must go you know.

I’m really not sure about that ladder you know.  I mean, it’s okay going up, but what about going back down again!