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“Unbelievably good. So much so that we went again the very next morning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park
CO
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Ranked #12 of 1,154 Attractions in Colorado
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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“Unbelievably good. So much so that we went again the very next morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I had been recommended to visit here by an American friend who had himself been here. As a result I had read a bit about it and was hoping that we were not too early in the Season and find much of it Closed due to snow or whatever.

Drove here from Pagosa Springs, CO (what a dump) and were incredibly lucky with the weather as it was warm (55 - 60F), fine, sunny and still, so ideal, and only 1 significant road still closed from the Winter.

I will err on the side of 'less is more' and simply remind the reader that we were so taken with what we saw (and what we missed) that we returned the very next morning at around 06.30 to be able to catch what we had missed.

Really worth reading up in advance (more than I did); learning of the ancestral Pueblo people - "Anasazi' - who were resident during AD 600 - 1,300 (800+ yrs ago); visiting the Museum (I hate them, so it must be good) and going for walks to see their dwellings first hand.

Good walking shoes/footwear advised, reasonable fit people will get more out of it (others - pace yourselves, especially in warm weather); some walks were quite steep. Those with a good head for heights will enjoy it the most - I did despite being terrified of heights

Many cliff faces are very high and very steep - children must be closely supervised.

Crikey the 'Anasazi were agile climbers and brave.

Fabulous place for photography

Visited April 2013
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“Window to history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Mesa Verde is a fabulous place. It is representative of several eras in native culture. I was not able to take hikes due to disability but the brochure given to me at the entrance explained which of the roads offered views of the various sites. I was able to see several different types of dwellings and take fabulous pictures from across the valleys. Be sure to visit the Visitor Center for information and explanations of what you will see.

Visited November 2013
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Cortez, Colorado, United States
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“Not to miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

You and your children and family will enjoy Mesa Verde. I live here and have been many times and seen new things.

Try to schedule a hike to remote sites!

Plan on spending the day. Try to eat at the Metate Room in the hotel. The cafeteria is also nice for a quick meal.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing, even in the winter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The Welcome Center is a great intro to the park and the museum at the Visitor Center was excellent. The road in winter was a little scary, especially coming back in the snowstorm, but the road was plowed so slow going did the trick. Make sure you see the video at the Vistor Center before setting out to visit the sites. Only one cliff dwelling site was open to visit on foot because of the snow so best to visit here when the weather was better. We really enjoyed the guided tour and then we did the only driving tour open during the winter season. The good thing was we had every site to ourselves and didn't have to worry about traffic on the roads. An amazing experience in spite of the weather. The cafeteria's excellent chili and soup did the trick of warming us up after the guided tour.

Visited November 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“I recommend against visiting during the off-season.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I visited Mesa Verde as a child and expected to be just as enchanted on this visit. Unfortunately, in an effort to preserve the ruins and probably due to budget cuts, the park service has closed down access to a significant portion of the park during the off season.

One driving route was closed entirely, as are all of the dining facilities, so bring a lunch or some snacks. The hike we wanted to go on, to see some petroglyphs, was behind a fairly serious locked gate, that apparently has security cameras aimed at it. They open the gate for the tour, but since it's padlocked after the tour is done, I'm not sure how people get out if they take longer than the tour.

After about a 45 minute drive (they do enforce the low speed limits!), we waited around for an hour to get to see the Spruce Tree House. That was super cool, and the guide was engaging and informative. The tour group was very large, maybe thirty to fourty people, because they only have three tours a day of this ruin during the off season, and the others are completely closed.

There's a few pretty neat drives, and some other hikes that we didn't have time for after waiting for the tour. A lot of the shorter trails are paved. Overall, still a good visit, but I'm disappointed by how much they close down during the off-season.

Visited November 2013
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