Mesa Verde National Park | Travel

Back in November, I made my first visit to Mesa Verde National Park. Visiting this park was long overdue. I have spent a bit of time in southwest Colorado and have driven by the park entrance on several occasions. I arrived shortly before sunset and enjoyed a leisurely walk down to the Spruce Tree House. Spruce Tree House Shadows

After visiting the Spruce Tree House on foot, I drove the Mesa Top Loop, stopping at the Square Tower House overlook and the Sun Point View. I only had an afternoon in the park and truly wish I had spent a full day exploring. I will most certainly plan another visit to enjoy more hiking opportunities and visit the far west side of the park.

Square Tower House

While heading back to the park entrance, I made a quick stop to take in the lavender and light blue sunset skies from the Park Point Overlook. The view was lovely!

Park Point Overlook

Favorite Hikes

Spruce Tree House - this was a simple and easy hike from the museum down to the cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings are accessible at different times throughout the year, depending on the season/month. Check this page for access information.

Local Towns

I stayed in Durango, Colorado and made the trip to and from Mesa Verde National Park from the downtown Durango area. Cortez and Mancos are a bit closer to the park entrance, located east and west on Route 160.

Have you ever been to Mesa Verde National Park, or are you planning a visit in the near future? If so, I would love to hear about your experience and recommendations for stops and hikes while in the park!