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Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park is an amazing and one-of-a-kind site located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, near the Four Corners area. Home to the Ancestral Pueblo people for 700 years, the expansive site features 600 cliff dwellings and over 4,000 documented archaeological sites. Situated in the high plateaus on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde is a marvelous landscape with expansive views of high deserts and peaks.

During the 700 years of inhabitance, from about 600 A.D. to about 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Pueblo people established an amazing cultural center in the cliffs and mesas of southwest Colorado. Revered for its cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde is home to remarkably intact and beautiful examples of how these people lived and forged out life in the high mesas. Notable dwellings include the Balcony House, Cliff Palace, Spruce Tree House, Long House and Step House.

Discovered in 1884, the Balcony House was excavated in 1910. This meticulously excavated and stabilized site is a favorite of visitors and often considered one of the most exciting cliff dwellings to tour. The 40-room dwelling features tunnels and passageways through the cliff and visitors can see how the ancient system of construction evolved and progressed.

The Cliff Palace is a large and beautiful site that contained 150 rooms and is believed to have been of social or administrative importance. Constructed primarily of sandstone, mortar and wooden beams and originally decorated with colored plasters, the Cliff Palace is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of the ancient civilization.

The Spruce Tree House was discovered in 1888 by two ranchers and is so named because legend has it that the two men climbed down a spruce tree to first access the dwelling. Excavated in 1908 and opened for visitation shortly there after, this dwelling is well preserved because of the large alcove it is built in. The third largest site, it is thought to have been home to about 80 people.

The Long House is located on the Weatherill Mesa about 12 miles from the main site of Mesa Verde. Excavated between 1959 and 1961, the Long House is a more recent addition to the park. Many people enjoy the trip out to this more remote site because of the beautiful overlooks and hiking trails.

The Step House is another quiet site on the Wetherill Mesa, and unlike many famous sites, is self-guided. This site is particularly interesting and unique because of the evidence of two different cultures occupying the same site. Part of the site is a Modified Basketmaker site, while the rest is an Ancestral Puebloan site.

Although further from the metropolitan areas, the trip to Mesa Verde is well worth the effort. The cultural sites, as well as the local wildlife and the splendid landscape of the southwest are remarkable and unforgettable. Come find out why the name of Mesa Verde is so legendary.


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Businesses

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Dry Dock Restaurant

Dry Dock Restaurant

200 W Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 564-9404
El Grande Cafe

El Grande Cafe

28 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-9996
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken

2222 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(303) 565-6228
www.kfc.com
Millwood Junction

Millwood Junction

101 Railroad Ave
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-7338
www.millwoodjunction.com
Nero's Italian Restaurant

Nero's Italian Restaurant

303 W Main St
Cortez, CO
(970) 565-7366
www.subee.com
Once Upon A Sandwich

Once Upon A Sandwich

9 W Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8292
Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In

436 S Broadway
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3102
www.sonicdrivein.com
Ute Coffee Shop

Ute Coffee Shop

17 S Broadway
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-2650
Conquistador Golf Course

Conquistador Golf Course

2018 N Dolores Rd
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-9208
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

23390 Road K
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8975
www.crowcanyon.org
Aneth Lodge

Aneth Lodge

645 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3453
Bauer House

Bauer House

100 Bauer Ave
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-9707
www.bauer-house.com
Baymont Inn And Suites Cortez

Baymont Inn And Suites Cortez

2321 East Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3400
www.baymontinns.com
Hotel Year Built 1994 Year Remodeled 2009 Additional Property Description 100 percent smoke free, just minutes from Mesa Verde, Anasazi Heritage Center,...
Best Western Turquoise Inn Ste

Best Western Turquoise Inn Ste

535 E Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3778
book.bestwestern.com
Limited Service Year Built 1963 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description Choose this hotel in our nations archeological heartland and enjoy easy access...
Budget Host Inn Cortez

Budget Host Inn Cortez

2040 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3738
budgethostmesaverde.com
Inn/chalet limited serviceyear built 1990 year remodeled 1998additional property description enjoy our large rooms here at the budget host inn. Our queen and king...
Echo Basin Dude And Guest Ranch

Echo Basin Dude And Guest Ranch

43747 County Rd M
Mancos, CO 81328
Centrally located between historical durango and renownedmesa verde national park, echo basin ranch is the idealsouthwest Colorado vacation destination.We are anon structured guest ranch where you plan...
Echo Basin Dude And Guest Ranch, Llc

Echo Basin Dude And Guest Ranch, Llc

43747 County Rd M
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-7000
www.echobasin.com
Econo Lodge Cortez

Econo Lodge Cortez

2020 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3474
www.econolodge.com
Econolodge Cortez is located in Cortez and attractions in the region include Mesa Verde National Park Entrance, Anasazi Heritage Center, and Yucca House National Monument. Hotel Features. Recreational...
El Capri Motel

El Capri Motel

2110 S Broadway, Cortez, Co 81321
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3764
White eagle inn is the perfect property for any wearytravelers. Our ultra clean rooms have wifi cable televisionand all the amenities any one person could need. Locatedclose to all the sites that Cortez...
Far View Lodge

Far View Lodge

Mesa Verde Mile Marker 15
Cortez, CO 81330
Far View Lodge is located in Mesa Verde National Park and attractions in the region include Mesa Verde National Park Entrance. Resort Features. Far View Lodge features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Wireless...
Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde

Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde

2121 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-6000
www.hiexpress.com
Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde is a business friendly hotel located in Cortez and attractions in the region include Mesa Verde National Park Entrance, Anasazi Heritage Center, and Yucca House National...
Laughing Coyote Lodge & Guest

Laughing Coyote Lodge & Guest

15354 Road 35
Dolores, CO
(970) 882-7321
Lebanon Schoolhouse B & B

Lebanon Schoolhouse B & B

24925 Road T
Dolores, CO 81323
(970) 882-4461
lebanonschoolhouse.com
Majestic Dude Ranch

Majestic Dude Ranch

42688 Road N
Mancos, CO 81328
Located in Mancos, Majestic Dude Ranch is on a river and attractions in the region include Mesa Verde National Park Entrance. Property Features. Majestic Dude Ranch's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch,...
Mesa Verde Inn

Mesa Verde Inn

640 S Broadway
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3773
mesaverde.com
The Mesa Verde Inn is located in Cortez, Colo. 11 miles from the Mesa Verde National Park 15 miles from the McPhee Reservoir 38.5 miles from the Four Corners Monument Features. On site restaurant and bar Outdoor...
Mesa Verde Motel

Mesa Verde Motel

191 Railroad Ave
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-7741
mesaverdemotel.com
Mesa Verde Rv Resort

Mesa Verde Rv Resort

35303 Highway 160
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-7421
www.mesaverdervresort.com
National 9 Inn Sand Canyon

National 9 Inn Sand Canyon

301 W Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8562
www.sandcanyon.com
National 9 Inn Sand Canyon is conveniently located indowntown Cortez. It is locally owned and operated andis one of the best kept secrets for price and comfortwith all the amenities you will need. We are within...
Rodeway Inn Cortez

Rodeway Inn Cortez

1120 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3761
www.rodewayinn.com
Hotel features computer in lobby with free high speed,continental breakfast and indoor pool. All rooms with coffeemakers, hair dryers and irons. Rooms available with microwavesand refrigerators. Enjoy...
Ruby Rose Ranch

Ruby Rose Ranch

37951 Hwy 184
Mancos, CO 81328
Ruby Rose Ranch is located in Mancos, Colorado.Hotel Features.Complimentary breakfastLibraryWedding servicesGuestrooms.Fireplace Microwave, refrigerator, and coffee/tea makerComplimentary wireless Internet...
Sundance Bear Lodge

Sundance Bear Lodge

38890 Hwy 184
Mancos, CO 81328
Super 8 Cortez Mesa Verde Area

Super 8 Cortez Mesa Verde Area

505 E Main St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8888
www.super8.com
Super 8 Cortez Mesa Verde Area is located in Cortez and attractions in the region include Anasazi Heritage Center, Yucca House National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park Entrance. Property Features....
Travelodge

Travelodge

440 S Broadway
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-7778
www.travelodge.com
Inn/chaletyear built 1994 year remodeled 2009additional property description the americas budget inn has convenient access to mesa verde national park, anasazi heritage center, arches...
Cortez Cultural Center

Cortez Cultural Center

25 N Market St
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-1151
cortezculturalcenter.org
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

23390 Road K
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8975
www.crowcanyon.org
Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

Mcelmo Route County Rd G
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 562-4282
Nathaniels of Colorado

Nathaniels of Colorado

121 Grand Ave
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-9740
nathanielsofcolorado.com
Cortez Municipal Airport-Cez

Cortez Municipal Airport-Cez

22894 County Road F
Cortez, CO
(970) 565-7458

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