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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Across the Highway from Mesa Verde National Park Entrance; THE Closest full service Campground & RV Park! Easy access for BIG rigs. 50 amp full hookup pull-thrus. Shaded tent sites. Cortez 9 miles East.
Between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park in Mancos -- where Mesas meet Mountains. Echo Basin Ranch, exceptionally priced and flexible, is an ideal venue for any sized family reunion or wedding.
In the San Juan Mountains, near Mesa Verde National Park: trout fishing, campsites, pleasant climate, 2 yurts (ultra-modern tents with propane heat). Jackson Gulch Reservoir: fishing & wakeless boating.
In the heart of Mesa Verde Country -- The hub of your vacation wheel with Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Telluride and all the wonders of the Four Corners. Outdoor hot tub. AAA rated. Clean and quiet.
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Mesa Verde Area Activities and Maps
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
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Durango Jeeping & ATV Trails
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