Mesa-Verde-Nationalpark and the Anasazi

Only 42 miles – or less than an hour’s drive – from our place in Durango you’ll find the magnificent Mesa Verda National Park with its incomparable cliff dwellings.

Discover the incredible history of the Anasazi people and experience the park’s stunning views. Take a guided tour for more information and contact with the site’s fascinating past. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable trip to one of America’s most unique national parks.

Exploring Unique Landscapes and Archaeological Sites at Mesa-Verde

Exploring the unique landscapes and archaeological sites at Mesa-Verde NP is an adventure like no other. You can journey back in time and witness the intricate architecture of the Anasazi people. The park offers a variety of hiking trails that lead to cliff dwellings and ancient ruins. The Wetherill Mesa is a must-visit for those who want to explore the lesser-known sites and take in the stunning views of the park’s landscape, but make sure your vehicle is not longer than 25 ft and not heavier than 8,000 lbs GVW!

One of the highlights of the park is the Spruce Tree House, which is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. You can take guided tours or explore on your own, and learn about the daily lives of the Anasazi people. The park is also home to unique geological formations, such as the Soda Canyon Overlook and the Badger House Community. Mesa-Verde National Park is a marvel of history and nature, and exploring it will leave visitors with a greater appreciation for the ancient civilizations that once thrived in this area.

The Chapin Museum is a must-see attraction where you can discover fascinating cultural artifacts that bring the history of the Anasazi to life.

Planing your visit at Mesa Verde National Park

Like most other National Parks, Mesa Verde NP charges an entrance fee for visitors. The fee varies depending on the time of year and the type of pass you choose to purchase. If you are planning to visit several parks in the area, we recommend the Interagency Pass, which is valid for one year and usually pays for itself from the 3rd park visit.

Unlike some of the other NP in the southwest, Mesa Verde does not require a Timed Ticket Entry to enter through the park’s entrance station. Yet…

You may enter Balcony House or Cliff Palace by ranger-guided tour only! Those tours are sometimes selling out fast, so make sure to book them ahead on for a small fee.

Camping and hiking

Mesa Verde NP offers only one option for camping, Morefield Campground. Beautifully located only 4 mi from the park entrance, it is an ideal starting point for all kinds of activities in the park.

If you prefer a little more luxury, you can also spend the night at Far View Lodge further inside the park, with all the amenities.

Love hiking? You are sure to find a suitable tour in the park. We ourselves love the Prater Ridge Trail, as it is not very busy and offers great views, Trailhead is at the campground, so no need to move your RV.



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