Mesa Verde National Park

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Top Adventures in Mesa Verde National Park

  • Explore the Far View Sites Complex

    The Far View Community is located four miles north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. In around 800 AD, the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area for several centuries. They mostly farmed the mesa tops, but were also hunters. It was one...

    0.75 miles

  • Hike the Farming Terraces Trail

    The Farming Terraces Trail is located in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is best used from March until October. The trail takes approximately ~15 minutes to complete.  Photos: Anthony Quintano and Kristi Kirschner 

    0.4 miles 124 ft gain

  • Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

    The Spruce Canyon trail is very well taken care of. The trail begin with a descent into Spruce Tree Canyon and then follows a stream for 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the ridge. The trailhead is located on the Chapin Mesa ...

    3.1 miles 754 ft gain

  • Explore Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park

    The Park Point Trail is the highest point in Mesa Verde National Park, and being close to the four corners, you can see for hundreds of miles in every direction on a clear day. It's a very short walk from the car, and there are several nice lookou...

  • Hike the Petroglyph Point Trail

    Pick up a trail brochure for information on the interpretive signs. There are some steep and narrow portions of the trail, so make sure everyone in your party is of able physical capability.  Photos: Fine Plan and Four Corners School of the Outdoors 

    2.7 miles 698 ft gain

  • Hike the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

    The trailhead is clearly marked, and is about 1/4 miles past the Balcony House parking lot. The trail is best used from April to October, and features a river.  Photos: Jacqueline Poggi and Ron Cogswell 

    1.3 miles 95 ft gain

  • Hike the Cliff Palace Loop Trail

    Tickets for this tour are $4 per person and are available at the visitor center near the entrance of the park. This tour is best taken from April to November. This hike features The milky way is often visible from the top of Mesa Verde at night.  ...

    0.4 miles 127 ft gain

  • Explore Mesa Top Loop

    The 6-mile Mesa Top Loop Road, open 8 am to sunset, stops at 12 sites including surface ruins and cliff dwelling overlooks. The most famous feature of the park, Cliff Palace, is visible from the Sun Point and Sun Temple overlooks. Sunrise photogra...

  • Explore Balcony House

    Starting at the trail head at 7,000 feet, you will head down the trail until you get to the cliff dwellings. There will be a wooden ladder you will have to climb, a recreation of the ladder used hundreds of years ago by the tribes living there. On...

    0.5 miles

  • Hike the Badger House Community Trail

    The Badger House Community Trail is a 1.5 mile loop with minimal elevation gain. This trail is perfect for all skill levels and for families. The trail offers amazing scenic views.  Photos: Caitlyn Willows 

    1.5 miles 65 ft gain

  • Hike the Prater Ridge Trail

    The Prater Ridge Trailhead is in the southwest corner of Morefield Campground. The trail is best used from spring to mid fall. The Prater Ridge Trail is a 7.3 mile loop.  Photos: Justin Kern and Daniel Weber

    7.3 miles 1167 ft gain

  • Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

    This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.  There's no shade on this trail, so if you are doing it during the hotter months, be...

    2 miles

  • Summer, a season not to be missed in Aspen!

    "I came for the winter, and stayed for the summer," is a phrase you'll often hear around town. The weather is one of the highlights. During the day the temperature hovers in the 70's and 80's, and by evening the mercury will drop into the 60's. Aspen is a place to explore and a place to recharge. Breathe in the crisp mountain air while you discover our wide-open spaces by footbike, or horse. Restore your mind, body and spirit as you reconnect with nature and loved ones in Aspen’s great outdoors. Join us for a summer adventure that’s anything but ordinary.

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    • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

      Far View Lodge

      Far View Lodge is the only lodging inside of Mesa Verde National Park and is located 15 miles from the park entrance. The traditional Western decor of the lobby and dining room, fantastic views, wa...

      From $129/night

    • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

      Morefield Campground

      Experience unspoiled natural beauty in the spirit of the ancient Puebloans.The campsites are located in a wooded canyon that’s popular with deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife, and close to the n...

      From $33/night

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      Ridge Road Hideaway

      Tucked away for privacy and close encounters with nature.

      From $35/night

    • Dolores, Colorado

      Mcphee Recreation Complex

      Overview McPhee Recreation Complex is located on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir near the town of Dolores in southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, water skiing and fis...

    • Dolores, Colorado

      House Creek

      Overview House Creek Campground is located on the shores of McPhee Reservoir near the town of Dolores in southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, water skiing and fishing opp...

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