Mesa Verde National Park

Works of Man

All about it

Mesa Verde is Spanish for green table. Mesa Verde offers an amazing look into the lives of the Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most best preserved in the United States. The landscape of Southwest Colorado, near Four Corners, is the backdrop as you explore Mesa Verde National Park.


Things to do


  • Drive the Cliff Palace or Balcony House Loop Road.
  • Visit the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, take a self-guided tour of Spruce Tree House, and drive the Mesa Top Loop Road (six-mile loop).
  • Hike the Far View Sites Complex.
  • Visit Long House on Wetherill Mesa.
  • Take the Wetherill Mesa Drive, hike the trails to the mesa top sites and cliff dwelling overlooks, and enjoy the tram service.
  • Join a ranger for your ticketed tour to Long House.
  • Take a self-guided tour of Step House.


Mesa Verde National Park