Tour Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado – Trail Of The Ancients

Colorado sightseeing tour guide: One of American’s most intriguing mysteries surrounds the Anasazi culture, now called Ancestral Puebloans, of Mesa Verde. On this tour, we’re going to uncover some answers as we visit both little-known and well-known sites.

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We’ll start in Cortez, Colorado and branch out to tour Mesa Verde National Park. Then travel to lesser-known sites, Hovenweep and Canyon of the Ancients National Monuments. We won’t stop there. We’re going to discover sites not in any park or public facility. Montezuma County has over 20,000 sites, many just a short drive off the highway. We’ll see cliff dwellings, kivas, ancient rock faces covered with petroglyphs and learn about these brilliant ancient people who built cites using only wood and stone tools, changed from hunters and gatherers to farmers, and eventually left magnificent cities behind and moved on.

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  • Mesa Verde Country
  • Cortez, The Gateway
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Canyon and Hovenweep
  • Anasazi Heritage Museum
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Off the Beaten Path
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Make the most of your trip by pre-planning. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and a lunch for back-country drives. Bring plenty of water and drink it to avoid dehydration even if you're not thirsty. Have sun hats for everyone. Bring warm jackets and windbreakers - even in summer at these altitudes (over 6,000 feet) it can be cold in the wind. Be sure to tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back when traveling into the back country.
  • The Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center near the park entrance provides park orientation.
  • Due to safety concerns related to rock falls, the Spruce Tree House site is closed for the foreseeable future. Overlooks near the museum offer superb views.
  • The walls of the ancient structures are more fragile than they appear - please don't ever climb or lean on them. Some of these sites also include delicate prehistoric paintings. Never touch the pictographs: they may crumble at a touch, and natural oils from your fingers can contaminate the pigments.
  • All restaurants in the park are open during the summer months, with the Spruce Tree Terrace Café open year-round.

Kathleen Walls

Kathleen is the author of several books, including the "Wild About Florida" series. She is also a speaker who has appeared on several television shows, and the publisher of


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