Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Mesa Verde National Park Vacation
Unlike the other national parks, Mesa Verde earned its status from its ancient cultural history rather than its geological treasures. President Theodore Roosevelt established it in 1906 as the first national park to "preserve the works of man," in this case that of the Ancestral Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi. They lived in the region from roughly 550 to 1300; they left behind more than 4,000 archaeological sites spread out over 80 square miles. Their ancient dwellings, set high into the sandstone cliffs, are the heart of the park.
All 150 rooms of the park's Far View Lodge, open April through October, fill up quickly—so reservations are recommended,... read more
Dining options in Mesa Verde are limited inside the park, but comparatively plentiful and varied if you're staying in... read more
Things To Do in Mesa Verde National Park
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Ancient artifacts: Mesa Verde is a time capsule for the Ancestral Puebloan culture, which flourished between 700 and 1,400 years... Read more
Mesa Verde National Park: Shadows of the Centuries, by Duane A. Smith, discusses the history and current issues facing the park.... Read more
Morefield Campground is the only option within the park, and it’s an excellent one. Reservations are accepted; it's open late May... Read more
Mesa Verde is home to 640 species of plants, including a number of native plants found nowhere else. Its lower elevations feature many... Read more
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