Land of Ancients: Mesa Verde National Park

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A land full of history — from ancient times to the Wild West — Mesa Verde is packed with stories waiting to be told amid spectacular Southwest scenery.

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Balcony House at Mesa Verde National Park

With 40 rooms, Balcony House is considered a medium size cliff dwelling. Only 10 sites in the park have more. Evidence of how room and passageway construction in the alcove evolved through time can easily be seen in Balcony House. Today, the tunnel, passageways, and mod

Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe in Mesa Verde National Park Photo
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Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe
Patio Dining at its best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Café, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and…
Activity
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral…
Dinner
Metate Room
Mesa Verde Metate Room Restaurant received "Award of Culinary Excellence" from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association in the…
Activity
Cortez Cultural Center
Programs will include Native American music and flute-playing, art, and other opportunities for in-depth appreciation of Southwestern cultures.
Lodging
Willowtail Springs Lakeside Cabins

Willowtail Springs has a gallery on site featuring a variety of paintings, sculpture and hand cast paper, mixed media, drawings, pastels and other…

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Breakfast
Absolute Bakery & Cafe
Dedicated to the art of food, the Absolute Bakery & Cafe prepares food from scratch, using only the finest of organic and local ingredients. It's no…
Activity
Mancos Creative District

Facilitated by a vibrant community of more than 150 artists, the growing downtown

Lunch
Mancos Brewing Company

Mancos Brewing Company provides great beer in a relaxed setting . Come in and sit down, order a beer (or a glass of wine) and a bite of food.  We…

Activity
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center and Museum, BLM

Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum contains a 3.5 million-item research collection. Exhibits interpret the history and culture of…

Dinner
Dolores River Brewery
Every community should have a comfortable place to hang out with somebody!
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Yellow Car Country Wines
A winery located in Cortez, CO making fruit wines and meads. The view is great. Come take a break, have a glass of wine, and take a bottle home with…
Lodging
Baymont Inn & Suites Cortez
Located off Highway 160 in scenic Southwest Colorado. Take in the sweeping views of La Plata, the Blue Mountains, and Mesa Verde Ridge from your room…