Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 by President Roosevelt to ‘preserve the works of man’. The work includes cliff dwellings by Ancient people dating back 700 years and due to its protected status, this park is also home to various animals and plants species that are rarely seen in other regions. So what does this place has in store and how can you explore it all in a single trip will be discussed here?
Take your time
The slow winding 21 mile drive that takes almost an hour can be turned into an exciting journey if you take your time and enjoy the panoramic views from the pull-offs along the way. The journey to this amazing place should not be rushed and so you must spend a night here to make the most of your trip.
Once you reach there, stop by the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center where you can find exhibits on the Ancestral Pueblo people and how they lived here for a long time. You can also buy tickets to Cliff Palace,Long House or Balcony House from there. These tickets sell out quickly so either reach early or book yours a day prior to your visit.
Mesa Verde 101
The half day 700 Years Tour takes you on a guided tour of some major attractions inside park and is one of the best ways to explore as much as you can within a limited time period. Just ensure to make reservations before visiting the park.
See the sunrise over Mesa Verde
This beautiful sight can be enjoyed if you ready to wake up early, do climbing and walking as the place offers the Balcony House sunrise tours. The tour usually begins by 5:00 am but it also depends on what time of the year you are visiting the park. Since the spots run out pretty quickly, book your seats online in advance.
Enjoy the Nightlife
When the sun sets, visit the Morefield Amphitheater for an evening campfire and talk about range of topics including park’s natural history and other architectural details. Stay the night under the stars and open sky to have the best time of your life.
There are so many other things that you can do once you are there so ensure that you have made your hotel rooms booking online after comparing few hotels in advance. There are various hotel reviewer sites where you can also check online hotel deals for best prices and tour packages.