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Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, CO
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's summer in southern Colorado. Take water. Everything was great. We stopped in Cortez at the Colorado Visitors Center to purchase our tour tickets the morning of our tours, eliminating the wait at the Mesa Verde Visitor Center. We purchased tours of the Balcony House and Cliff Palace. My wife and daughter don't do well with heights and skipped... More

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is one of Colorado's greatest wonders! Bring the family and camp for a few days. The guides on the tours are knowledgable and these sites won't be here forever. The dwellings require some climbing so dress appropriately and bring water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit , we drove out on a day trip from Durango , we are bush Aussie's so this was a breeze. We visited this area mid may and found the crowds were not too bad, the sites were easily accessible for even the moderately fit. This place is full of amazing cultural history the sites are stunning... More

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Eugene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Visited this place in August of 2014. We scheduled a Ranger-led tour of Cliff Palace. It was amazing! We were in awe of the structures. You need to sign up for the tour in person at the Visitor Center. I signed my two sons and I at around 4pm the day before for a 9:30am tour. Try to go earlier... More

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Arkansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was very hot when we traveled, but we enjoyed the park just the same. There is a lot of driving and walking. It takes a good 30-40 minutes to get to the sites from the visitor center. Also, if you don't like mountain roads like me, be prepared: it's a winding road to the top. We went on the... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is the time to visit. It was crowded, but not the way it would have been two weeks ago. A member of our party was disabled, but he was still able to see most of the ruins. Mesa Verde's Indian ruins, facilities and guides are so impressive.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

When we first arrived in the park we were greeted by a momma bear and her three cubs. It was so fun watching them play and walk along the hill! So prepare to see wildlife!! This national park just throws you back in time, to a much simpler, yet hard life. It's unique and thrilling history is just impressive to... More

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went in August with my wife and kids and it was great. My 2 year old was even able to climb the ladders. We just hung at the back so we wouldn't slow anyone down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husband and I recently went to the Mesa Verde National Park. It was so amazing, everyone should experience this place once in their lives. We did all self guided tours but you can get a guide but we didn't have time, get there early if you go. We are in our 50's and I wore sandals and didn't have... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This national park is truly spectacular! It provide unique an special and unique history and information about certain populations which existed in the past. Gift shops. Dining, rest rooms are available and open to the public. You pay a fee to enter the park. Photo opportunities exist throughout the park. An exhibit and museum is present in the park. I... More

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