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Get Out There: Mesa Verde National Park

Aaron McHugh

At Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado, discover ancient cliff dwelling cities of the Ancestral Pueblo people. For near seven hundred years, these finely crafted carve-outs housed thriving communities.

We romped to views of the cliff dwelling clusters of Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park. From May through September, you must purchase tickets for ranger-guided access to climb long ladders and scooch through short tunnels in the popular cliff dwellings. nps.gov/meve 

Select cliff dwellings are open Year-round. Check the visitor schedule for planning your adventure.

  • Perfect for kids
  • Lots of scenic driving. Made for great roads for my daughter to log some permit driving miles.
  • Sleep in a bed April-October @ the Fair View Lodge $130+ per night.
  • Rough it at the $30-$40 x night Morefield campground inside the park April-November. Tents, RV’s & trailer hookups available.
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