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Mesa Verde National Park

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World heritage site · Ruins · Hiking Trails
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation. The Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area from AD 600 to 1300, and the park today preserves about 600 of the dwellings they built into the khaki-colored sandstone. Five of these are open to the public through guided and self-guided tours. Many visitors head for Cliff Palace, which is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America, and is accessible only via ranger-guided tour. The park offers a series of hiking trails, which allow visitors to explore other areas independently. Some of these hikes provide views of dwellings not open to visitors. The arid climate supports woodlands and shrub communities, and wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and elk. The main draw to Mesa Verde, however, remains its archaeological significance. Add Mesa Verde National Park and other United States destinations to your travel plans using our United States trip site.
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Popular things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Cliff Palace ©
Ruin
Cliff Palace
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Balcony House ©
Ruin
Balcony House
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Spruce Tree House ©
Ruin
Spruce Tree House
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Long House ©
Ruin
Long House
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Mesa Verde National Park

Park Point
Landmark
Park Point
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Ruins Road
Scenic Drive
Ruins Road
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Step House ©
Landmark
Step House
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Prater Ridge Trail
Hiking Trail
Prater Ridge Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Mesa Verde National Park

Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Hiking Trail
Petroglyph Point Hike
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Spruce Canyon Trail
Hiking Trail
Spruce Canyon Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Point Lookout Trail
Hiking Trail
Point Lookout Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Knife Edge Trail
Hiking Trail
Knife Edge Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Square Tower House ©
Geologic Formation
Square Tower House
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Mesa Verde National Park

Four Corners Monument ©
Monument
Four Corners Monument Teec Nos Pos
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Duration: 30 minutes
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Geologic Formation
Shiprock Rock Formation Shiprock
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Mesa Verde National Park

Far View Sites ©
Ruin
Far View Sites
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Yucca House National Monument ©
Ruin
Yucca House National Monument
2.5
Duration: 2 hours

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