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.

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Must-Do Activities:

  • 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

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures:

  • 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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