Mesa Verde National ParkMesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between 550 to 1300 A.D. Today, Mesa Verde protects almost 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the Park. Hiking and climbing ladders in and out of cliff dwellings is one option, or walks through less rigorous self-guided routes are also available. The suggested visitation time for the Park is two days.
Ranger-guided cliff dwelling tours are available beginning in April and continuing through October. Tickets for these tours are $4 and can be purchased at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez and the Visitor Research Center at the entrance to the Park. Tickets can only be purchased up to two days in advance, so in order to get on the tour of your choice, it is highly suggested that you purchase your tickets at least one day in advance if possible.