Mesa Verde National Park is located in the high plateau country of southwestern Colorado. The park was established in 1906 to preserve the spectacular archeological remnants of the thousand-year-old culture of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
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Mesa Verde National Park is located 3.5 hours west of the ranch and is a good trip for guests on their way to or from the ranch.
Only located 3 hours west of the ranch! Truly superb Indian cliff dwellings and in a location full of history. This is a great opportunity to see some one of a kind cliff dwellings, make your family vacation fun and educational! Definitely a great stop on the way to or from the ranch, Mesa Verde National Park is also on the same route to the Grand Canyon National Park.
We are located a very scenic hour's drive from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. It takes another 20 minutes to the first stop and scenic view. This park is the only park dedicated to the works of mankind as opposed to nature. It is the finest example of Ancient Puebloan living. We offer a guided trip to the park. This is an all day trip and we cover as much of the park as possible (although it is not possible to see everything in one day). Our guide's husband is a retired ranger from Mesa Verde so she has a lot of information to pass along. The trip carries a small fee and includes van driver, picnic lunch and guide. We are able to get close to and walk through some of the ruins.
Located approx. 3 hours from the ranch is an incredible piece of history that everyone should get the chance to see. Mesa Verde National Park is full of rich history and some incredible views. We would greatly suggest adding a day to your trip to go experience all that the park has to offer. Who says vacations can't be fun and educational!?
Mesa Verde National Park is a U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The park was created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, to protect some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world, or as he said, "preserve the works of man". It occupies 81.4 square miles (211 km2) near the Four Corners and features numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the Ancestral Puebloan people, sometimes called the Anasazi. There are over 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people at the site. The park is located 24 miles from the Majestic Dude Ranch.