Mesa Verde

 

Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southwestern corner of Colorado.

The park is world-renowned for the incredibly well-preserved cliff dwellings it protects, including some of the most interesting and important archeological sites in the US.

Mesa Verde is also known for its desert landscape of tall mesas and steep canyons. Over time, small streams have cut channels into the sandstone plateau, creating steep canyons which separate the individual mesas. This offers excellent hiking and other outdoor activities.

The major attractions in the park can be seen in just a half day, while longer visits will allow time to explore some of the less busy ruins and to take time to visit rock writings.

Note that while the park is open year round, many of the services are only offered from April through October.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Cozy Inn

Featuring rooms with free Wi-Fi, this Cortez, Colorado hotel is less than 20 minutes’ drive to the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park. A free continental breakfast is provided daily. Average score from 186 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$67 - $75

 
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Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde-Cortez

Conquistador Golf Course 1.6 mi Cortez Cultural Center 1.5 mi Denny Lake and Park 0.7 mi Fiesta Theatre 1.5 mi This Cortez, Colorado hotel is just off Highway 160 and near Mesa Verde National Park. Average score from 153 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$81

 
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Days Inn Cortez

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, Days Inn Cortez is located in Cortez, 15 km from Mesa Verde National Park. A TV with cable channels, as well as an iPod docking station are available. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 299 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$45

 
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Ms. Kitty's Country Inn

This Mancos, Colorado motel features mountain views, a covered pavilion with barbecue facilities and guest rooms with Free Wi-Fi. Ms. Kitty's Country Inn is 8 miles from Mesa Verde National Park. Average score from 209 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$65 - $89

 
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White Eagle Inn & Family Lodge

Located just 10 miles from Ute Mountain Casino, this family-run Cortez motel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. All air-conditioned guest rooms include a cable TV. Average score from 721 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$55 - $89

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Mesa Verde Motel

Mesa Verde Motel

Featuring free Wi-Fi, this motel is 10 minutes’ drive from Mesa Verde National Park. Guests can relax in a hot tub. All air-conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV. Free parking is provided. Average score from 191 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$65

 
$659.2
Retro Inn at Mesa Verde

Retro Inn at Mesa Verde

Featuring a mountain view, this hotel is located in Cortez and offers a free shuttle to Ute Mountain Casino. Free breakfast is available daily. Rooms offer cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 791 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$60 - $85

 
$608.9
White Eagle Inn & Family Lodge

White Eagle Inn & Family Lodge

Located just 10 miles from Ute Mountain Casino, this family-run Cortez motel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. All air-conditioned guest rooms include a cable TV. Average score from 721 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$55 - $89

 
$558.5
Tomahawk Lodge

Tomahawk Lodge

Located in a quiet neighborhood setting, this lodge is 12 miles from Mesa Verde National Park. Rooms feature cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Free coffee and pastries are offered in the lobby. A seating area is available in all rooms at Tomahawk Lodge. Average score from 201 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$63 - $69

 
$638.1
Ms. Kitty's Country Inn

Ms. Kitty's Country Inn

This Mancos, Colorado motel features mountain views, a covered pavilion with barbecue facilities and guest rooms with Free Wi-Fi. Ms. Kitty's Country Inn is 8 miles from Mesa Verde National Park. Average score from 209 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$65 - $89

 
$658.0
Cozy Inn

Cozy Inn

Featuring rooms with free Wi-Fi, this Cortez, Colorado hotel is less than 20 minutes’ drive to the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park. A free continental breakfast is provided daily. Average score from 186 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$67 - $75

 
$677.0
Cortez Mesa Verde Inn

Cortez Mesa Verde Inn

Located one mile from downtown Cortez, Colorado, this motel is 4.4 miles from Conquistador Golf Course. It features spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. Average score from 95 guest reviews: 6.9/10.

$59 - $66

 
$596.9

Highlighted Interests:

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Combination
Archeological Sites

Distinctive Cliff Dwellings

Around the year 1200, the Ancestral Puebloans began to move under overhangs found in the cliffs of the canyons. Here, they built cities with multi-storied structures that housed 100-400 people. Direct access to the main archeological sights is only available on guided tours.
Natural
Geologic Formations

Mesas & Canyons

Over time, small streams have cut channels into the sandstone plateau, creating steep canyons which separate the individual mesas.
Other Interests:
Natural
Hiking and Trekking
Wildlife and Plants

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