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Land of Ancients: Mesa Verde National Park

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.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Find out more about Mesa Verde National Park’s Volunteer in the Park Program.

Day 1
Activity

Balcony House at Mesa Verde National Park

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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
Lunch

Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe

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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 Southwest specialties. Read More
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the... Read More
Dinner

Metate Room

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Mesa Verde Metate Room Restaurant received "Award of Culinary Excellence" from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association in the area of sustainable cuisine. Colorful Native... Read More
Activity

Cortez Cultural Center

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Programs will include Native American music and flute-playing, art, and other opportunities for in-depth appreciation of Southwestern cultures. Read More
Lodging

Abode at Willowtail Springs

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Mesa Verde vacation, adventure in the heart of Southwest Colorado; Abode at Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins; best-kept secret in the area. Private, secluded, elegant lakeside cabins, bass, trout... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Absolute Bakery & Cafe

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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 secret that the burgers taste better because the... Read More
Activity

Mancos Creative District

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Facilitated by a vibrant community of more than 150 artists, the growing downtown Mancos Creative District has eight... Read More

Lunch

Millwood Junction

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Millwood Junction restaurant features great steaks, seafood, and a huge salad bar for locals and Mesa Verde National Park visitors alike. Read More
Activity

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Anasazi Heritage Center, BLM

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The Anasazi Heritage Center is a museum of archaeology and federal repository with a 3.5 million-item research... Read More

Dinner

Dolores River Brewery

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Every community should have a comfortable place to hang out with somebody! Read More
Activity

Guy Drew Vineyards/Crooked Creek Winery

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Our mission is to make premium wines from Colorado vineyards and offer a memorable experience.

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Lodging

Baymont Inn & Suites Cortez

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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. Our 100% non-smoking hotel is just minutes... Read More