Mesa Verde National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Mesa Verde National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Spruce Tree House

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This 138-room complex is the best-preserved site in the park, and the rooms and ceremonial chambers are more accessible to visitors than...

Step House

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

So named because of a crumbling prehistoric stairway leading up from the dwelling, Step House is reached via a paved (but steep) trail...

Sun Point Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

You can see 12 different dwellings from this overlook on the edge of Chapin Mesa. Interpretive panels explain the details of the canyon...

Sun Temple

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Although researchers assume it was probably a ceremonial structure, they're unsure of the exact purpose of this complex, which has no...

Ute Mountain Tribal Park

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The only way to see this spectacular 125,000-acre park, located inside the Ute reservation, is by taking a guided tour. Expert tribal...

Wetherill Mesa Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

Ten tables placed under lush shade trees, along with nearby drinking water and restrooms, make this a pleasant spot for lunch. ...

Wetherill Mesa Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This 12-mile mountain road, stretching from the Far View Visitor Center to the Wetherill Mesa, has sharp curves and steep grades (and...

Balcony House Half-Day Tour

  • Tour–Sight

This ranger-led tour focuses on the final 100 years of the Ancestral Puebloans' habitation of the area, ending at about 1300. Guides...

Cliff Palace All-Day Tour

  • Tour–Sight

This guided visit of the museum, the Puebloan structures along Mesa Top Loop Road, and Spruce Tree House ends back at the museum. Transportation...

Cliff Palace/Sun Temple Talks

  • Tour–Sight

Interpretive talks on park-related subjects are held twice daily at Cliff Palace Overlook near the Sun Temple parking area. ...


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