Best time to visit Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest archaeological​ preserve in the U.S.

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado 2019 - Best Time
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Mesa Verde ("green table" in Spanish) is famous for its unique Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the US. It also contains some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. Located in Montezuma County, Colorado, the park was created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 near the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.

Cliff Palace Sunset 2020
Cliff Palace Sunset
Cliff Palace Sunset 2020
Cliff Palace Sunset

Take the Mesa Top Loop Road which winds past archaeological sites and stop by the Sun Point Overlook to admire panoramic canyon views. With more than 600 cliff dwellings, it is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum has displays on Native American culture especially Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here from AD 600 to 1300. Altogether about 5,000 archaeological sites are available in the park.

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado - Best Season 2020
Best time for Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado 2020

The best time to visit the park is roughly from May through September since some sites are closed during the colder months, in particular, the Cliff Palace is closed from late October to April.