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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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of the trails where you do not need to sign up in advance. Its a "self guided" trail. The hiking is a very doable. The trail is well marked and I recommend people to do the $2 donation to get the guide. Also definitely bring some water. At the end of the trail (or the beginning depending... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Admission was well worth the $15 it cost. The park is divided into two parts (Chapin Mesa and Wetherill Mesa). Do as many of the tours as you can (3 x $4 each = $12), and definitely go to both free houses. On Chapin Mesa: Balcony House Tour has a very long ladder and a tunnel. Cliff Palace Tour had... More

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Ottawa, ON, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A must see if you are in the area. The ranger lead tours are excellent, so make sure to book at the main visitor centre.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Cliff Palace and the Spruce Tree house were excellent. The entire park is worth seeing. Bring water with you, the hiking can be strenuous. Beware that the trail to see the hand paintings is a lot more difficult, and longer than advertised. It requires scaling boulders. Several people had to turn around before seeing the paintings. I completed the trail,... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This national park is so beautiful! We drove around and visited the spruce tree house. We hiked the petroglyph point trail. A 2,5 hour walk, really amazing views! Make sure you bring enough water, it's hot!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing to see the cliff dwellings. Great views from the road and pull-off sights. Can take hiking tour and climb up into cliff dwellings. Amazing piece of history. Nice museum and good movie.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing ruins, totally surpass most other ruins in the desert SouthWest. The vastness and top condition of the ruins transports you back to the Anasazi's life hundred's of years ago. Great trails and interpretive information. Highly recommend.

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Hong Kong, China
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Unlike most of the amazing national parks, Mesa Verde has a strong sociological aspect as you are visiting the ancient homes of the Anaastazi Indians. The visitors center is more like a small museum, with interactive presentations, displays and reading for visitors of all ages. The drive is stunning. The cost for doing a tour - $4 a person is... More

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the 7th national park I have been to this summer and I still thought it unique and wonderful. The vistas are great and the park management is friendly and helpful all the way around. They have really set it up well. But what makes this different from all other places is the historical ruins. You will see structures... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Everyone knows about Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, but Mesa Verde is a different kind of national park. It is absolutely glorious and full of cultural wonders. I have always felt the need to go to another country to get ancient history and culture, but we have a gem right here in the US. The American Indians recognize Mesa as a... More

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