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Mesa Verde Cautionary Notes

Did You Know?

Long House is the second largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, yet it receives fewer than 15% of the park's visitors?





Special Considerations for Families

Although most of the attractions at Mesa Verde are along very well maintained trails, it is still important to watch you kids around cliff edges. Also, some of the ladders to visit the cliff dwellings are quite tall, and even though the kids love the idea of climbing them, falling is a risk.

Help your kids to understand that the archeological sites are rare antiquities, and they should be treated with reverence and care. Don’t allow children to sit, lean on, or climb the walls of the cliff dwellings.

One of the best ways for your family to get a feel for Mesa Verde is to hit the trails, but the activity has some hazards. The bright Colorado sun can burn delicate skin, so hats, sunscreen, and lip balm are essential. So is lots of water. We flavor our kids’ with a touch of lemonade powder, so they are more likely to keep drinking. Watch for rattlesnakes on the trail and in the rocks.

Mesa Verde’s altitude can make it hard to breathe for some visitors from lower elevations or with lung or heart problems. Drink lots of water to counteract altitude sickness, avoid alcohol, and take it easy the first few days. Emergency medical care is available at the Far View Visitor center and a Park Headquarters.



Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide For Families:

BEST FAMILY ATTRACTIONS IN MESA VERDE

RANGER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS IN MESA VERDE

PICNIC AREAS AND RESTAURANTS IN MESA VERDE

CAMPGROUNDS AND LODGING IN MESA VERDE

TOWNS NEAR MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

MESA VERDE QUICK GEOLOGY GUIDE

MESA VERDE QUICK WILDLIFE GUIDE

MESA VERDE QUICK HISTORY GUIDE

TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

CONSIDERATIONS FOR FAMILIES IN MESA VERDE