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Mesa Verde National Park Roads: Mesa Verde National Park :: Mancos, CO

This drive runs 21 miles across mesa tops and canyons in Mesa Verde National Park to the park museum. Ruins Road, formed by two additional 6-mile-long self-guiding loops, explores the cliff-bound cities and remains of the Anasazi culture on Chapin Me

Mesa Verde National Park-Morefield Campground :: Cortez, CO

You've got to see Mesa Verde! The sight of the preserved remains of an extinct culture set into the inherent beauty of this park is one of Colorado's fines natural experiences. The plethora of campsites are divided into nine loops and are spread

Mesa Verde National Park :: Cortez, CO

Mesa Verde was established primarily because it is one of the nation’s most important archaeological preserves, but it also happens to be an area of outstanding natural beauty. Mesa Verde means Green Table, and that is exactly what it looks like from

Petroglyph Point Trail: Mesa Verde National Park :: Mancos, CO

Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, 600 of which are cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable a

Petroglyph Point- Mesa Verde National Park :: Cortez, CO

While most tourists visit the large cliff dwellings found here, a hike to Petroglyph Point takes you away from the crowds and into one of the major canyons within Mesa Verde National Park. Its terminus is a large panel of petroglyphs, chipped and pec

Mesa Verde National Park :: Mancos, CO

In 2009, National Geographic Traveler named Mesa Verde one of its “50 Places of a Lifetime,” lauding America’s first World Heritage Site for both its high-desert beauty and historic significance. Within the 52,000-acre national park are m

Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Drive :: Cortez, CO

The drive runs 21 miles across mesa-tops and canyons in Mesa Verde National Park to the park museum. Ruins Road, formed by 2 additional 6-mile-long self-guiding loops, explores the cliffed cities and mesa-top remains of the Anasazi culture on Chapin

Mesa Verde National Park Trails :: Cortez, CO

Mesa Verde National Park's three small wilderness segments are unique because they are closed to the public in order to protect fragile archeological sites. Backcountry exploration is prohibited in the wilderness, and hiking is allowed on designated

Petroglyph Point Trail: Mesa Verde National Park :: Mancos, CO

The Petroglyph Point Trail in Mesa Verde National Park gives hikers a little bit of everything that the park has to offer. Hikers choosing this adventure will see some of the classic cliff dwellings that the park is known for, a beautiful petroglyph

Prater Ridge Trail: Mesa Verde National Park :: Mancos, CO

The Prater Ridge Trail in Mesa Verde National Park is a great half-day hike that offers something a little different from what you’d expect in the park. The park is known for its numerous ruins, but you won’t find any on this hike. Instead, the t

Prater Ridge Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Prater Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 7,732 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,660 feet. Nea

Morfield-Whites Mesa Truck Road :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Morfield-Whites Mesa Truck Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 7,615 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total el

Moccasin Mesa Road :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Moccasin Mesa Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 8,300 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.7 miles with a total elevation gain

Prater Ridge Cutoff :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Prater Ridge Cutoff is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 8,207 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 70 feet.

Knife Edge Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Knife Edge Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 7,837 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 588 feet. Near the tr

Tower Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Tower Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 457 feet long and begins at 7,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 34 feet. The To

Step House Self-Guiding Tour :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Step House Self-Guiding Tour is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 7,224 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 834 fe

Petroglyph Point Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Petroglyph Point Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 6,941 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 860 feet. Th

Long House Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Long House Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 343 feet long and begins at 7,083 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 27 feet. T

Badger House Community Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Badger House Community Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 7,097 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 13 fee

Long House Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Long House Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 7,109 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 446 feet.

Far View Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Far View Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 7,685 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 155 feet. Near the t

Footpath From Far View Terrace to Service Road :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Footpath From Far View Terrace to Service Road is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 8,093 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevat

Spruce Tree House Self-Guiding Tour Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Spruce Tree House Self-Guiding Tour Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 6,973 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation g

Square Tower House Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Square Tower House Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 6,850 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3

Kodk House Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Kodk House Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 325 feet long and begins at 7,006 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 41 feet. T

Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 274 feet long and begins at 8,238 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 12 feet. Near the tra

Nordenskiold Site Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Nordenskiold Site Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7,078 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 21

Cliff Palace Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Cliff Palace Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 6,828 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 337 feet. Near t

Sun Temple Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Sun Temple Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 6,817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 27 feet. The Cliff

Farming Terrace Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Farming Terrace Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 7,100 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 325 feet.

Gant Mesa Road :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Gant Mesa Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 8,261 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 8

Prater Canyon Patrol Road :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Prater Canyon Patrol Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 7,613 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevati

Soda Canyon Overlook Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 6,853 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 119 feet

Spruce Canyon Trail :: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Spruce Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 7,023 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,198 feet. Alo

Square Tower Trail: Hovenweep National Monument :: Cortez, CO

The Square Tower Trail in Hovenweep National Monument is an excellent adventure for families. This 1.75-mile round-trip hike takes hikers for a short journey around the rim of Little Ruin Canyon and offers beautiful views of the ruins located in the

Galisteo Basin Preserve: Cowboy Shack :: Lamy, NM

Progressive planning in residential development led to the creation of a public trail system with unspoiled viewsheds just minutes south of Santa Fe. In choosing just one among the many attractive options, the unanimous decision favored the trail tha

San Juan Skyway :: Durango, CO

A 236-mile loop drive through the scenic San Juan Mountains and across high plateaus. The San Juan Skyway crosses four high mountain passes, weaves alongside sparkling streams, drops down into the high desert country of prehistoric and modern Native

Cortez Area Campgrounds :: Cortez, CO

Cortez is the gateway to this corner of the state. All major roads from the south and west pass through here. Like much of the western edge of Colorado, the area surrounding Cortez is a blend of green mountains and unforgiving desert. The focal point

Sand Canyon and East Rock Creek Loop :: Cortez, CO

From about 900 to 1300 AD, the Four Corners area, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico abut, was home to a vast group of people now called the Ancestral Pueblo. Many of their cliff houses, towers, rock art, and pottery are currently preser

Petroglyph Point Trail :: Cortez, CO

This hike takes you below the rim of Spruce Tree Canyon along a self-guided trail, up and down various steps, between huge rocks, through skinny cracks, to a wonderful petroglyph panel. Petroglyph Point, unfortunately misnamed Pictograph Point on top

Sand Canyon :: Cortez, CO

Characterized by sandstone canyons and broad mesas, the southwestern corner of Colorado features a variety of prehistoric cliff dwellings and ruins. The best known of these archaeological sites are found in Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep Nati

Petroglyph Point :: Mancos, CO

Among Mesa Verde National Park’s chief attractions are its impressive cliff dwellings, which were constructed during the thirteenth century. Counted among the largest such ancient structures in the Southwest, these classic sites are enjoyed by hundre

Wolf Creek Pass :: Pagosa Springs, CO

Variety is the hallmark of the state’s sun-splashed southwestern corner. Spin past ancient American Indian ruins and through high desert at Mesa Verde National Park. Trek to towering heights in the San Juans, Colorado’s most dramatic mountain range

Petroglyph Point Trail :: Cortez, CO

Adventure-seekers will love this ruggedly gorgeous hike with many fascinating features, including a visit to Mesa Verde’s best-preserved cliff dwelling and a panel of rock art. Hardly a hidden gem, this is a popular hike in a popular national park.

Upper Salt Creek (Canyonlands NP) :: Blanding, UT

Canyonlands National Park combines opportunities for spectacular backcountry hiking with a chance to see numerous archaeological sites. One of the best places in the park to find both wilderness and prehistoric relics is upper Salt Creek. The Salt Cr

Sand Canyon :: Cortez, CO

Sand Canyon contains one of the most interesting and accessible collections of Anasazi cliff dwellings outside Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. There must have been tens of thousands of Anasazis living in the Four Corners area before they abando

Petroglyph Point Trail :: Durango, CO

This trail offers an opportunity for a close-up view of Mesa Verde National Park. Depending on the heat, it is an easy hike that accommodates most walkers eager to delve a bit deeper into this popular park. The hike is short, but offers something car

From Durango to Ute Country :: Durango, CO

Not far from Durango, the Anasazi Indian ruins at Mesa Verde National Park attract 700,000 visitors a year. So a Mesa Verda ride is not recommended. But there's another road that you can ride directly out of Durango to visit impressive Indian ruins v

Durango-Trimble Soak :: Durango, CO

Durango is one of several towns in our bike-friendly state that can fairly lay claim to the title “Mountain-Bike Capital of...” The nearby San Juans (formed by volcanoes and perhaps the state's most striking range) are full of dirt roads and single-