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Mesa Verde Country FAQ

If you are planning a Mesa Verde Vacation, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get some great information about the area. If you have additional questions, please call us at +1 (970) 565-8227 or visit us at the Colorado Welcome Center – Cortez.

Where is Mesa Verde?

Located in beautiful Southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde Country is within easy driving distance of several gateway cities, including Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The scenic drive takes you through the beautiful scenery of Southern Colorado. Get driving directions to Mesa Verde National Park HERE. Distance to Mesa Verde from:

  • Albuquerque, NM: 261 miles
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 358 miles
  • Grand Junction, CO: 227 miles
  • Denver, CO: 379 miles
  • Phoenix, AZ: 404 miles

What is the elevation in Mesa Verde Country?

Our elevation ranges from 6,200′ to 8,250′. Altitude sickness can occur, so stay hydrated! You should adjust in a day or so.

Is there cell phone service or WiFi near Mesa Verde?

Cell coverage is spotty, but free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, restaurants and public buildings in Cortez, Dolores and Mancos. Mesa Verde National Park has service at Far View Lodge & Far View Terrace.

What is the weather like in Mesa Verde?

Weather in Mesa Verde Country is usually mild, however, snowstorms can occur as late as May and as early as October. June through September are warm to hot, with cool evenings.

Where is Mesa Verde?

Purchase Mesa Verde tour tickets one to two days in advance to get the tour of your choice. Please visit Mesa Verde National Park’s website for more complete information.

What if I find pottery or arrowheads on the ground?

Do not pick up artifacts, and stay on trails. Leave no trace, and protect these valuable historical sites for future generations to enjoy!

Can dogs go in Mesa Verde National Park?

Pets are not allowed in the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park but are in many of the National Monuments. Check before you visit, keep Fido on a leash and pick up after your pet. The gated dog park in Cortez offers lots of room to play and stretch. A dog water fountain is running during most months.

What is there to do in Mesa Verde Country?

There is so much to do in Mesa Verde Country! The call of the wild is answered with bikes, kayaks and fishing lines. The ancient story unfolds at our cultural centers and Native American dances. In the communities of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos you’ll discover thousands of years of history and endless outdoor adventures.

Where is there to stay in Mesa Verde Country?

There’s no way you can possibly explore Mesa Verde Country in a single day. And it goes without saying that, after you’ve sampled our locally crafted wines, beers, and spirits, you’ll want a comfortable place to rest up for your next day of adventure. A wide variety of lodging options and accommodations, from international hotels to historic Bed & Breakfasts, to guest ranches, cabins, campgrounds and RV parks are available in Mesa Verde Country and near Mesa Verde National Park.

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