Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park, in Colorado, showcases well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. It provides a window into the life and architecture of a prehistoric North American culture.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Colorado
Area: 52,485 acres (212.40 sq km) – 49th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Park Point – 8,571 ft (2,612.44 m)
Lowest Elevation: Soda Canyon – 6,015 ft (1,833.37 m)
Date Established: June 29, 1906
Annual Visitors: 499,790 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Cortez, Colorado

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Mesa Verde National Park.

  1. Touring the ancient Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings
  2. Attending ranger-led archeological site talks
  3. Exploring the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
  4. Photography of the historic sites and vistas
  5. Joining evening programs on the park’s history

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Mesa Verde National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Mesa Verde National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Mesa Verde National Park

After hiking and exploring Mesa Verde National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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