Mesa Verde National Park
About Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is an American National Park in southwest Colorado. It is known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum has exhibits on the ancient Native American culture. Mesa Top Loop Road winds past archaeological sites and overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook with panoramic canyon views.
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Top 3 Adventure Hacks for Mesa Verde National Park
1) Visit A Cliff Dwelling
Visiting a cliff dwelling is a popular activity in Mesa Verde National Park, thought it can be strenuous, because the cliff dwellings are at 7,000-foot (2134 m) elevation. Trails are steep and uneven, with steps and ladders. Visiting cliff dwellings or hiking is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.
The largest and most popular cliff dwelling in North America is the Cliff Palace, The structure was built by the Ancestral Puebloans in their former homeland region. Cliff Palace was constructed primarily out of sandstone, mortar, and wooden beams. The sandstone was shaped using harder stones, and a mortar of soil, water and ash was used to hold everything together.
2) Hike Only On Designated Trails
Restrictions on hiking in Mesa Verde National Park are necessary to protect the fragile and irreplaceable archeological sites and artifacts for which the park was established. Hiking is only permitted around developed areas and on designated trails.
3) Planning Your Visit Ahead Of Time
Check the local forecast and current road condition before planning a visit accordingly.
Visitors safety depends on its own adequate preparation and constant attention. Learn about the physical nature of the tours before planning a visit. Stay connected to The Mesa Verde National Park social media account such as website, visitor guide handouts and Park Service Ranger, to know the potential hazards that you may experience and safety tips to consider while exploring the park.
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