Described as the pyramids of North America, the ancient ruins at Mesa Verde hold the early stories of our nation. About 1,400 years ago ancestral Puebloans built more than 600 dwellings into the gorgeous sandstone cliffs. Go on a guided tour of cliff dwellings with a ranger. Purchase your tickets in advance because these tours are really popular. Buy them online at recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 starting March 9, 2020.
You can purchase them in person at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center up to two days in advance. Keep in mind there are limited walk-up tickets.
Explore ruins abandoned 200 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the “new world” plus 9 more fun activities.
There's more to do beyond the main attraction of touring ancient cliff ruins. Take a hike, gaze from a fire tower or have dinner with a view.
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Download the official map to find your way around Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado including park roads, trails, visitor centers, and ruin attractions.
Experience the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited this enchanting landscape for more than 10,000 years.
Home to thousands of elk, mule deer, marmots, bighorns, and the occasional black bear.
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