Mesa Verde Area - Southwest Colorado
The ruins of the Anasazi, a Navajo word meaning "Ancient Ones," are what bring people to this quiet, sun-drenched area. At Mesa Verde National Park visitors walk among the incredible cliff dwellings of these prehistoric Pueblo people. The Anasazi culture flourished here from approximately A.D. 1 to 1300, leaving behind a priceless legacy of their achievements in the famous cliff houses and mesa top villages. The reasons the Ancient Ones abandoned the area remains an enigma, despite decades of research. At one point, more than 40,000 Anasazi lived here.
Ten miles west of the park is Cortez, once called by the Navajo "Tsaya-toh" (rock-water) for its spring. Lowry Indian Ruins, 26 miles north of Cortez, contain the largest and best preserved painted Anasazi kivas in world. Hovenweep National Monument, 40 miles west, has its unique Anasazi ruins. Other nearby monuments include Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and the Four Corners Area Monument which is located on Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo Indian reservations, the only place in the United States where four states meet.
Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Cortez Municipal Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.
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The closest full service resort to Mesa Verde National Park, across from the Entrance! Ancient Cedars has easy Highway access for BIG RVs, full hookup pull-thrus, cabins, tent sites. 9 miles East of Cortez.
Guided horseback rides to ancient sites along canyon trails in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Ranch has LQ horse camping with private corrals, electric, water. 10 miles west of Cortez.
An ideal ranch resort destination: family reunions and vacations with RV sites and cabins. Echo Basin is between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park in Mancos, Colorado -- where Mesas meet Mountains.
In the San Juan Mountains, near Mesa Verde National Park, Mancos State Park offers: trout fishing, campsites, 2 ultra-modern yurts with propane heat. Jackson Gulch Reservoir: wakeless boats.
Year around family fun: lodge with indoor pool! In the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Durango, Mesa Verde National Park. By Pine River overlooking Vallecito Lake, cabins and vacation homes with kitchens.
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Mesa Verde Area Activities & Maps
National Parks and Monuments:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument -UPDATED-
Hovenweep National Monument -UPDATED-
Mesa Verde National Park
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails
Dolores Snowmobile Trails