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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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Palatka, FL
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Our first stop at the National Parks is always at the Visitor Center. The Rangers are always helpful and informative. We were able to book two tours at $4 each: Balcony House and Cliff Palace. We also made time to vista Spruce House and the Museum. It made for a full day but we really enjoyed every minute! If you... More

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Denver, CO.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a must see if you're traveling to southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico! The park is huge and although it's handicapped accessible some portions of the park are a way to walk, take your time and use a day if you can, you won't be disappointed! The dwellings are phenomenal and you can get right up to them.... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Indian ruins and artifacts are the reason this park exists. I didn't know it's about 20 miles drive in to the headquarters and the main attractions. That drive is winding, and memorably scenic. Throughout the Great Depression the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did a lot of work on the road, trails and other facilities at the Park. Also: the... More

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Washington, DC
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Mesa Verde entrance station at about 9:15 am on a Sunday in mid-August. The next available tour for 4 people for Cliff Palace (which you need to take a ranger-led tour of to visit) was at 12:30. We used that time to drive into the park (about 45 minutes for us), go through the museum, watch the... More

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Colchester, Vermont
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were on a cross country trip and did not know about Mesa Verde until someone suggested we stop here. It is an incredible experience to see these cliff dwellings. Our advice is stop at the ranger station the day before at the bottom of the long climb to the top and schedule your visits for the next day. Make... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The park is amazing. The drive to the sites is a good 20 miles from the visitor center. We did a guided tour of cliff palace. The tour guide was very informative and kept our attention. We also did the self guided tour of Spruce House. The kids liked climbing into a keva. The highlight for me was the Spruce... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This National Park is well worth the money. It's $4 to take a tour although it costs $15 (pass is good for 7 days) to enter the park. A lot of the dwellings can be seen without a tour but the Balcony House has to be toured. The ranger was a little out of line, yelling at me for not,... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see at Mesa Verde and it is well-worth the time and effort. Be careful walking around, but definitely walk and drive to see the different cliff dwellings and to get a sense of the scope of the finds...you could spend hours and hours here...

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Colorado Springs
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118 reviews 118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Informative Visitor Center has easy access off US160. The Center clearly describes development of Ancestral and Classic Pueblo mesa cultures. There is a Research Center on site as well. Missing from visitor viewing are displays of artifacts. Lots of cliff and mesa top dwellings are open for viewing with and without ranger guides. However the first of these is nearly... More

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Newark, Delaware
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Family stayed at the Far View Lodge for one night. The room was ok, nice view. The location cannot be beat since the drive out to the actual attractions runs over 45 mins from the entrance, with a few cool overlooks/stops on the way. So if you are staying more than a few hours, a good idea would be to... More

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