Mesa Verde National Park

Mancos, Colorado 81328

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park Professional Guide

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"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 more than 4500 archaeological sites, including 600 stone-and-mortar cliff dwellings built by Ancient Puebloans."

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5/12/2010
I never expected the drive to Mesa Verde N.P. to be so intense! It is about a 20 mile drive through the mountains above 8000ft and there is one look out spot that is over 8500. This is truly a an amazing place and it is also saddening the we lost such an amazing culture. These people were amazing.
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5/25/2006
If you are looking to do lots of trails, this is not the place...there are a couple of good ones (not: backcountry hiking is not permitted)...so all is not lost, but the main attractions here are the ruins. And the ruins are great! Also note, if you are looking for hikes, there are tons outside the park...may want to check w/rangers & native am reservations...they can advise where some lesser known ruins are too. Highly recommend the park ranger tours to Cliff Palace & Balcony House. Amazing to actually go in / around the ruins rather than viewing from above (and this is the only way to see BH). Note: You have to climb ladders...not for physically challenged or someone w/heath probs...also not greatest for someone deathly afraid of heights (if a little, still go...a friend did & made it just fine...well worth it!). Was not as excited about Aramark tour...informative, but not as interactive with this sites. Summer is crowd season...must get tickets at visitor center & lines can grow quite lengthy. We just missed by coming right before Mem Day crowds; however, only main mesa was open for use (other...can't remember name...with Long House) wasn't..."Late May" apparently meant May 28th. ;-) Great place for kids. Different kind of nat'l park...more people / culture oriented than geology or vegetation oriented. Definitely take the hikes on the mesa...one gets you down into the canyon...very cool hike!
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6/17/2004
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7/22/2003
Fabulous.
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9/1/2002
The hiking is interesting, you won't clock a lot of miles, but what you will see is facinating. The hiking is better on Wetherhill Mesa, the trail that links Long House and Step House is well worth it; very interesting high desert / canyonland hiking. The most important thing for visiting this site is to stay Far View Lodge on the mesa top. It is the only way to stay near the ruins at night. If you stay here, you can do night hiking in the park. I've never gone all the way to the ruins, but hiking in the lodge area is still a mystical and spiritual experience, especially if there is a full moon out.
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Trail Information

Mancos
Nearby City
53.0
Distance
5,310 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3-5 hours
Riding Time
Year-round
Season

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Dec 2018