National Park Service, Colorado.
For over 700 years, the Ancestral Pueblo people built thriving communities on the mesas and in the cliffs of Mesa Verde. Today, the park protects the rich cultural heritage of 26 Pueblos and Tribes and offers visitors a spectacular window into the past. This World Heritage Site and International Dark Sky Park is home to over a thousand species, including several that live nowhere else on earth.
Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado. The park entrance is along Highway 160, between the towns of Cortez and Mancos, Colorado. It is located 10 miles east of Cortez, 9 miles west of Mancos, and about 35 miles west of Durango, Colorado. Once you enter the park, the first view of a cliff dwelling is 21 miles (approximately 45 minutes) along a steep, narrow, and winding road.