There is a location in the United States where you can be in four places at once. The Mesa Verde National Park covers four corners of four states: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is filled with natural history, cultural history, and plenty of opportunities for fun. Every year visitors come from all over the country to enjoy the annual birding festival. Here they enjoy lectures, tours, and activities geared toward birding enthusiasts.
This scenic area has a history of Native American residents that spans back thousands of years. Nomadic people resided in the area from at least 10,000 B.C. and lived by hunting and gathering food. The mysterious Anasazi people lived in the area from about 1 A.D. until 1300 A.D. and are the civilization most studied from the area. Their homes were built into the cliffs of Mesa Verde and these amazing cavernous homes inside of the mountainside are popular visitor attractions today. Even if you have never had an interest in ancient cultures or civilizations, this site is an amazing area to explore. If you are in the area for other reasons, or you happen to pass by, take some time to check out the dwellings of these amazing and mysterious people.
This National Park is a haven for those who love the outdoors and love recreation and adventure. The area is filled with geographical diversity and you can enjoy scenic views and physical challenges of mesas, canyons, and mountains. Visitors can spend their time hunting, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, rafting, golfing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding, all in one park! The climate is perfect for outdoor activities, making plenty of recreational activities available all year long. You can ski in the chill of the morning and take a warm hike in the caverns in the afternoon.
The area features a number of opportunities in addition to outdoor recreation including delicious dining, comfortable lodging, and unique shopping opportunities. Mesa Verde Park is surrounded by hotels, cabins, lodges, camps, and bed and breakfasts, all of which are the perfect solution for an overnight stay following a tiring day in the park. Hotels range in price from discount and affordable to expensive and luxurious. A number of the bed and breakfasts are historic, and feature gardens for strolling after a delicious homemade breakfast. Many of them offer spectacular mountain views.
Restaurants in town and near the park are plentiful. Regardless of whether you need to fuel up with a quick snack before heading back out for more adventure, or if you are looking for a large, home-cooked meal that will really stick to your ribs, this is the place. You can enjoy delicious flavors of the southwestern region of the country and dine on cowboy chow, pastas, steaks, seafood, chili, salsa, and a number of treats. As a special bonus, there are numerous microbreweries in Colorado so you can enjoy tours and sample handcrafted beer during your stay. Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez is a great destination for recreation and fun. Experience the beauty of four states, right from the corner of Colorado.