nature trips


kid friendly


wild flowers


trail running

no dogs

This area has over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo, who lived here for 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and the Balcony House, with passages and tunnels.

17 days ago

29 days ago

Awesome views and great history

Short steep walk and let’s you see a 360 of the surrounding lands from high up.

Easy walk. Was cool to get right up and close with some of the dwellings.

Cool short hike with good views of fire destruction. #OBD

Took about an hour and 10 minutes. Was nice to see a different aspect of the park on this trail.

Super easy nice views of the dwellings. 20-30 min hike.

scenic driving
1 month ago

A short loop at the end of the Chapin Mesa road with great views of Navajo Canyon and Cliff Canyon. Cliff Palace is visible in the distance from Sun Point View, as well nearby the Sun Temple ruins. There are several other places you can stop to see pit house and village ruins.

This very scenic drive begins at the park entrance and beautiful visitor/research center, continuing up and along the North Rim for fifteen miles before reaching the Far View area. There are several wonderful overlooks, including Park Point. At an elevation of 8,572 feet, it is the highest point in Mesa Verde...with fantastic views both to the north (below the North Rim) and the south (Shiprock and the Four Corners area). From Far View, you can continue down either Chapin Mesa or Wetherill Mesa (May-September) to the park's famous ancient ruins.

Costs extra money for tour hike. Guide was corny and It was shorter than I anticipated. Still a sweet time

Watched a coyote stalk prey. Quite, old school

1 month ago

Utter epicness

Drive it all

A moderate trail with guide booklets available at the beginning, pointing out well marked points of interest. The trail is quite rocky with several areas of narrow steep stairs. Hiking poles may be recommended for some. It is a loop trail, which is not clear in the booklet. Keep going after the petroglyphs, the trail will return you to the museum along the canyon floor. As with all sites in Mesa Verde, the climate can be hot and very dry. Take plenty of water.

1 month ago