Mesa Verde National Park
Four cliff dwellings -- ancient "village condominiums" are open for your visit. Spruce Tree House is open all year. Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House are open seasonally for guided tours. All are tucked into magnificent sandstone alcoves and make Mesa Verde a unique national park. Ranger guided tours in summer are quite good for all ages.
Mesa Verde is worth at least a full day of your trip or more. It gives us a glimpse of the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Previously called the Anasazi, these Indians didn’t have a written language, but had a rich culture and a stable civilization for over 700 years, (A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300) and more people called it home than do today! Over 4,000 known archeological sites exist in the park, including 600 cliff dwellings.
We are 10 minutes to the entrance, but plan an additional 45 minutes to drive all the way to the cliff dwellings in the park. Tour tickets are obtained at Far View (they will give you a map a the entrance.