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Mesa Verde National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Create wonderful memories of your Durango vacation when you retrace the ancient footsteps of the fascinating ancestral Pueblo people. These resourceful, creative Native Americans once lived in the beautiful cliff dwellings you’ll find in Mesa Verde, an amazing Colorado National Park just 35 miles west of Durango.

Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of the most well-preserved archeological sites in the United States. Visit the Park and the amazing surroundings to learn more about the people who lived here for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300.  Mesa Verde National Park is a favorite with locals, and a world-class Durango tourist destination just 35 miles from downtown.

Mesa Verde Country, often referred to as the “archeological center of America,” is home to incredible attractions like Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Your visit to this amazing part of Colorado history will be unforgettable.

Mesa Verde National Park regularly tops the list of things to do in Colorado. This magnificent park is open year-round, and visitors may walk, drive, or enjoy a bus tour to see and explore thousands of archaeological sites including cliff dwellings, interpretive loops, and scenic pullouts with views of ancient cliff dwellings. Stop by the Mesa Verde National Park website for up-to-date information on fees, seasonal services, tour schedules, closures, Colorado tourist info and much more.


Durango Area Tourism Office | 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-3500
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