Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park provides a glimpse into the Ancestral Pueblo culture (also called the Anasazi), who inhabited the area for over 700 years from the year 600 to 1300. The park contains thousands of archaeological sites, including hundreds of cliff dwellings. Travellers can start at the Far View Visitors' Center, located 15 miles (24km) from the entrance, and join a ranger-guided tour of popular sites like Cliff Palace, Balcony house, Spruce Tree House, and Long House. Many sites are only accessible on the tours, and may be difficult for those who aren't physically fit.
Address: US Route 160, nine miles (14 km) east of Cortez.
Opening times: Opening hours vary by season, check the website for specific dates.
Admission: $10 per vehicle, valid for seven days.