One of the most significant cultural national park is preserved in the southwest corner of Colorado. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table” is much more than its tourist-attracting cliff dwellings.
Ancient artifacts, wide canyon views, solid hiking trails, petroglyphs, and wonderful ranger programs make the park as significant as it is today.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Mesa Verde in Three Acts
- Our video highlights about Mesa Verde
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Take a ranger-led tour of one of the main cliff dwellings: Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House
- Take a self-guided tour through Spruce Tree House and Step House
- Go on a hike near the campground, like the Knife Edge Trail
- Self-guided Mesa Top Loop Scenic Drive
- Visit the Chapin Mesa Museum
- Book a ranger-led hike & bike tour of the Wetherill Mesa
- Hike a harder trail like Petroglyph Point Trail (2.8 miles)
- Bring your bike to bike Mesa Top Loop Scenic Drive and around Wetherill Mesa
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.