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Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park is an American national park and UNESCOWorld Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. The park protects some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States.

Established by Congress and President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the park occupies 52,485 acres near the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. With more than 5,000 sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, it is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Mesa Verde (Spanish for "green table") is best known for structures such as Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America.

This national park is another must-see park which you should go out of your way to visit. We found the cliff dwellings to be amazing and the Visitor/Research Center displays are beautiful and informative. If you are a hiker, this is a park for you because the hiking trails to the cliff dwellings are spectacular.


No need for heavy backpacks here but water and sunscreen is mandatory. The trails which includes stairs to the cliff dwellings are moderately difficult so if you have an impairment or a disability, this park may not be for you.

Contact Information:

PO Box 8 Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


Phone: (970) 529-4465

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