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
Drive west into John Wayne country and visit the majestic and mysterious rock formations that form the Valley of the Navajo. The geology is fascinating and will make your trip even more interesting. A film crew in the valley is still a common sight. www.monumentvalley.com
Hovenweep National Monument is west of Cortez at the Colorado Utah border. The ruins at Hovenweep are over 700 years old. There are two routes to Hovenweep, south through the red rock beauty of McElmo canyon or north on Highway 666 to Pleasant View. Lowry ruin, west of Pleasant View, known for its great kiva and painted wall, is a fascinating bonus on this trip to the past. www.nps.gov/hove
We invite you to come to Cortez and visit our cultural center hosting Native American and Western art, poetry, and dance.
Native American dances are performed from on Thursdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
You can contact the cultural center for more details.
25 N Market St.
Cortez, CO 81321
Don't miss the opportunity to become an Archaeologist for a day. This center is committed to creating a greater understanding of the prehistoric Anasazi people, who once occupied Mesa Verde and the surrounding region. At Crow Canyon visitors get the opportunity to excavate and analyze artifacts. Depending on the time of year, different seminars and programs are available. Please visit the website or call them for more information about dates and times.
23390 Road K
Cortez, CO 81321
In addition to the listed attractions and amenities that our area boasts, our campground offers the following:
Mesa Verde National Park contains one of the world's best collection of Anasazi cliff dwellings. It is one of the most popular attractions in the southwest and is unique because it preserved the beauty of nature and the works of early man. Known today as the "Anasazi", Navajo for the ancient ones, this Indian civilization thrived in the region from 600 to 1300 A.D. and then mysteriously disappeared.
The Anasazi Heritage Center is the southwest's state-of-the-art museum. It is a large research and artifact storage facility for the study and interpretation of the Anasazi culture.
The Tribal Park offers a personal experience for the visitor in the ruins of the Anasazi just south of Mesa Verde. All tours are hosted by Ute Indian guides who will interpret the archaeology of the Park and the history of the Utes as you take this trip back in time. The mystical feeling on this tour is that you are the first to walk on the ancient Anasazi pathways.
McPhee, the second largest lake in Colorado, offers all the pleasures of excellent fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking and relaxing. There are fisherman-access points, boat ramps, picnic and recreation areas all around the lake. The lake overlook offers you a 360 degree panorama of four states and several mountain ranges.
After a long day of traveling, you're going to love the opportunity to let your pet run free. The 3 acre pet park that is adjoined to our campground is a great place to take your four legged furry friend and let them release their pent up energy. Or, if you prefer to not use the enclosed pet park, you can take them for a 1.5 mile walk around Denny Lake, which can also be accessed from our campground.
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