279
trips planned in the last hour
8.7
out of 10
Trustscore rating
©

Mesa Verde National Park trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation. The Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area from AD 600 to 1300, and the park today preserves about 600 of the dwellings they built into the khaki-colored sandstone. Five of these are open to the public through guided and self-guided tours. Many visitors head for Cliff Palace, which is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America, and is accessible only via ranger-guided tour. The park offers a series of hiking trails, which allow visitors to explore other areas independently. Some of these hikes provide views of dwellings not open to visitors. The arid climate supports woodlands and shrub communities, and wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and elk. The main draw to Mesa Verde, however, remains its archaeological significance. Mesa Verde National Park is in Colorado (CO). When using our United States attractions planning tool to make an itinerary online, Mesa Verde National Park holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Mesa Verde National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Mesa Verde National Park

The Far View Lodge provides a comfortable place to sleep inside Mesa Verde National Park. The well-appointed rooms here do not include televisions, encouraging guests to focus their attention instead on the surrounding nature. The lodge often fills up on summer weekends, so reserve ahead if you plan to stay during this time. The park's large Morefield Campground, on the other hand, almost always has space available. The town of Cortez, with its plentiful inns and motels just northwest of the park, serves as a convenient base. A bit further east of the park, Durango provides a greater array of accommodations in a historical Old West setting.
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Mesa Verde National Park

6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 48 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 54 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans