Mesa Verde is the gem of the Southwest. Once the home of the ancestral Pueblo people, today the national park hosts some of the best preserved archeological sites in the United States, including 600 cliff dwellings. The park offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the ancestral Pueblo and experience their culture firsthand. Book your Mesa Verde guided tour today.
Mesa Verde Tours
With nearly 5,000 archeological sites and more than 40 miles of road winding through the park, Mesa Verde can take days to fully explore. For those of you with less time to spend, local tour experts Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours offer their advice on the best ways to appreciate the park’s offerings.
Know Before You Go
With so many points of interest to choose from, you’ll need to plan ahead which areas you’d like to visit. Be aware that some of the cultural sites are not available to explore during certain times of the year. Others will require a guided ranger tour to access. Remember that all cliff dwelling tours are strenuous and may require hiking and climbing ladders. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The rigors of hiking the park plus the higher altitude make dehydration and severe sunburns a legitimate concern.
If you’re going it alone, expect to pay a fee to enter the park based on the number of occupants in your vehicle. You must purchase tickets to visit the cultural sites requiring a ranger-guided tour to access, including the infamous Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House. These tickets sell out fast and must be purchased in person, so don’t wait until the day of your visit to purchase them. The park is large. You will need to pick up a map of the area to navigate to points of interest, including the cliff dwellings, museum, and research center. This is where the benefits of a Mesa Verde guided tour become readily apparent.
Professional Tours vs. Going Solo
Planning a trip with a tour provider simplifies matters greatly. Some tour groups, including Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours, provide transportation to and from the park itself in addition to navigating you directly to points of interest. Not only will you save time and gas by avoiding a meandering trip around the park, your trip price includes the sometimes elusive tickets to the guided ranger tours.
A knowledgeable tour guide can greatly enhance your visit to Mesa Verde. The educational benefits begin during the drive when your tour guide explains the history of the area and preps you for your Mesa Verde encounter. Exploring the park’s self-guided sites and educational facilities are more impactful and engaging for families with the guidance of your tour guide.
Regardless of how you choose to tour Mesa Verde, there’s no denying that it offers the experience of a lifetime. Start planning your visit today with Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours.