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Mesa Verde Overview:

Take your kids on a tour of the homes of ancient Puebloan spirits at  Mesa Verde National Park. 

A World Heritage Site, this area protects and showcases the architectural feats and prehistoric culture of some of Colorado's first citizens.







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?



See Colorado's National Parks with the Kids!


Our nation's National Parks have been called the
crown jewels of America. 



Colorado is the proud home of four National Parks: 

  • Rocky Mountain 
  • Mesa Verde 
  • Great Sand Dunes 
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison 

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Did You Know?

Every room in Mesa Verde's Far View Lodge has a private balcony. Views from those balconies stretch more than 100 miles.

In the early morning, forest animals, including wild horses, can be seen and heard in the rugged landscape surrounding the lodge.










See Colorado's National Parks with the Kids!


Our nation's National Parks have been called the
crown jewels of America. 



Colorado is the proud home of four National Parks: 

  • Rocky Mountain 
  • Mesa Verde 
  • Great Sand Dunes 
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison 

Plan your great Colorado family vacation with our
series on Colorado's National Parks - 45 pages of information and inspiration


Start with the National Parks Directory at FamilyTravelColorado.com
              




Photo: Visitors gather in Mesa Verde's Cliff House for a Ranger Talk.



Bird's Eye View: Bony Fingers

N
ear the southwest corner of Colorado, the La Plata Mountains shoot up to 12,500 feet above sea level. The Mancos River and its tributaries drain those high peaks. The snowmelt pours over the Colorado Plateau, carving out canyons and wide basins.


Between those wide valleys, flat-topped mesas rise. These, in turn, are notched and carved by smaller streams until the tablelands resemble arthritic hands with gnarled and bony fingers above the valley floors.


Mesa Verde National Park spreads across several such bony high areas, divided from each other by small, cliff-lined canyons.


Within Mesa Verde as a whole, two of these long, thin plateaus have archeological sites that you can visit. They are Chapin Mesa, where the many of the most famous ruins are, and Wetherill Mesa, where Long House and Step House are. The ruin areas are clustered at the ends of the fingerlike tablelands.


Mesa Verde’s turn-off is on US Highway 160, between Durango and Cortez. From the entrance station, it is 4.5 miles along a two-lane road to the campground and Morefield Village. It is another 10.5 winding miles to the Far View Visitor center and Far View Terrace, which has and snack bar. Far View Lodge is also located in this area. 12 more miles of scenic curves will take you out to the Wetherill Mesa sites. The end of Chapin Mesa is almost 6 miles from Far View.



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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


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