This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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October 18, 2011
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October 16, 2011
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 26, 2010
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by Chris & Carinne
July 24, 2010
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by Emily May
April 6, 2006
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February 12, 2003
Since it is a national park, you will need at least one full day to truly get a sense of what Mesa Verde has to offer. You can also camp or RV in the park if you want to spend several days there.
The cliff dwellings are spread out throughout the park so you will need a vehicle to drive from site to site. The largest cliff dwelling is also the most accessible and you can actually wander through it. There are designated places that are roped off to keep people away from delicate areas, but most of it is fairly hands on. There is a twisting trail that leads to this dwelling and it is quite a walk, especially the return trip up hill. I myself am in fairly good shape and I still got a little winded.
Most of the cliff dwellings are not accessible unless you take a guided tour and you may have to sign a release waver saying you are in good enough physical condition to take these tours. This was something I didn’t get to do and I deeply regret it. I think it would be fascinating to see some of the more remote dwellings to learn how the ancient Anasazi lived.
Along with the cliff dwellings, there are many other excavated areas along the roadway that you can stop and visit, small stone homes and storage areas complete with ladders that you can climb on. Several of the cliff dwellings are remote and can only be seen from the scenic stops along the drive through the park. They are all well-marked so you won’t miss anything. There is also a large visitor’s center and gift shop. Mesa Verde is one place I want to go back to and explore in more depth.
From journal Old fashioned Colorado
July 26, 2002
People from all around the globe visit this World Heritage sight.
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