From guided tours to 'explore on your own' tours, Mesa Verde National Park, gives you all the reasons to admire the archaeological sites here.
Mesa Verde has a wide range of options for outdoor adventure. Hundreds of cliff dwellings showcase the history of the area.
In 1978, Mesa Verde National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its exceptional archaeological relevance.
Protecting thousands of archaeological sites, including hundreds of cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park is perched high in Southwest Colorado.
Prater Ridge Trail
7.8 miles round-trip begins on the west end of Morefield Campground. The trail ascends Prater Ridge and follows a loop around the top of the ridge, returning via the same route.
A cut-off trail can be taken which shortens the trail to five miles.
Petroglyph Point Trail
2.4 miles round-trip Begins from the Spruce Tree House trail, and continues below the edge of the plateau to a petroglyph panel, makes a climb to the top of the mesa and returns via the rim to the museum.
This trail provides views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons and is the only trail in the park to view petroglyphs.
Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail
2 miles round-trip named for Gustaf Nordenskiold, who explored the area in 1891, this trail offers a leisurely walk through recovering fire-scarred vegetation and leads to an overlook of Nordenskiold Site No. 16.
Dining : A Feast for All Your Senses
Breathtaking views complement your many dining options at Mesa Verde.
From the quick and informal to an elegant evening, the menus at Mesa Verde National Park celebrate the local culture with favorites inspired by the past and present.