Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde Country is diverse -- offering nine national parks and monuments, mountains, mesas and national forests, recreation, relaxation and American Indian arts and crafts. One of the pleasant surprises you will discover in Mesa Verde Country is the diversity of culture. In addition to the ancient Anasazi civilization and contemporary Ute, Navajo and Hopi Indians, the region is alive with the passion and spirit of the old west ranchers, miners and cowboys. www.mesaverdecountry.com
928 E Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
Mesa Verde National Park is filled with fascinating secrets and ancient cliff dwellings. Over 4,000 people thrived on these plateaus between 600 and 1300 AD. They built stone villages on the mesa tops and constructed massive cliff dwellings in the steep canyon walls. The elaborate stonework, delicate artifacts and amazing petroglyphs are a man-made wonder. Climb through these ancient ruins and walk in the footsteps of the American Indians.
The Tribal Park provides a personal experience for visitors of the ruins of the Anasazi tribe. The Ute Indian guides interpret the archaeology of the park and host all tours. You will enjoy a mystical feeling of an ancient time. You can find them at the intersection of Hwy 169 and 49, in the majestic Four Corners area, south of Mesa Verde National Park. You can visit this park on your way to or from your stop at Four Corners!
PO Box 109
Towaoc, CO 81334
Visit the only place in the United States where four states meet Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states, leading to the area being named the Four Corners region. It is a "must stop" to take pictures of each other while standing in four states simultaneously.
Canyonlands is a magical collection of sinuous red rock canyons dissected by intermittent stream beds and washes. It's a great place to explore, whether hiking, backpacking, mountain biking or by jeep. You'll find Anasazi ruins, natural arches and breathtaking vistas. In the spring or fall, Canyonlands is even more breathtaking with the changing seasons. There are two entrances to Canyonlands; the first at Newspaper Rock (an ancient message board of the Anasazi), the second north of Moab at the awe inspiring Island in the Sky area. www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm.html
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