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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  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

If you want a well-rounded visit to Mesa Verde's most popular sites, consider a group tour. The park concessionaire provides all-day...

Anasazi Heritage Center

  • Museum/Gallery

Operated by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, this museum houses artifacts culled from more than 1,500 excavations in the region.

Badger House Community

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A self-guided walk along paved and gravel trails takes you through a group of four mesa-top dwellings. The community, which covers nearly...

Balcony House

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The stonework of this 40-room cliff dwelling, which housed about 40 or 50 people, is impressive, but you're likely to be even more awed...

Cedar Tree Tower

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A self-guided tour takes you to, but not through, a tower and kiva built between 1100 and 1300 and connected by a tunnel. The tower-and-kiva...

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This is an excellent first stop for an introduction to Ancestral Puebloan culture, as well as the area's development into a national...

Chapin Mesa Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

This is the nicest and largest picnic area in the park. It has about 40 tables under shade trees and a great view into Spruce Canyon,...

Cliff Palace

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This was the first major Mesa Verde dwelling seen by cowboys Charlie Mason and Richard Wetherill in 1888. It is also the largest, containing...

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Professionals, students, and any would-be Indiana Joneses come here to learn about ancient relics. Among the more popular offerings of...

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

The most entertaining way to relive the halcyon days of the Old West is to take a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad...


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