mesa verde national park unesco world heritage site

Explore cliff dwellings built by ancient people who abandoned these homes 200 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the "New World". Favorite Things to Do in Awesome Mesa Verde National Park

Tour a Cliff Dwelling

No trip to Mesa Verde is complete without attending a ranger-led tour of an Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. This is the only way to get to these beautiful and remote sites.

Stop by the Museum

The Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum offers a fascinating look into the history of Mesa Verde. This is a must-stop to learn more about the Ancestral Puebloans who call southwest Colorado home.


The 2.4-mile round trip Petroglyphs Point Trail is the only place in the park to see petroglyphs. The trail starts in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Start early to avoid the summer heat!

Cliff Dwellings from the Rim

Go to the drive thru time on Mesa Top Loop Road. Stop at 12 archaeological sites, including the Cliff Palace and Square Top House surface sites and viewpoints.

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