Mesa Verde National Park is known for it archaeological sites. Some archaeological sites that are must to see are: Badger House, Cedar Tree Tower, Far View, and Sun Temple. Badger House was amazing to see man made Basketmaker Pithouse. Cedar Tree Tower is a tower that was build in A.D. and is unknown why it was built. Far View possibly had 50 different villages there at one point in time. Sun Temple is very interesting to imagine how much effort and man power it took to build the Temple. You have to see this if you are in Colorado.
Mesa Verde has many cliffs dwellings, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams. Balcony has 40 rooms and can be seen climbing up a ladder. When my wife and I went we had a tour guide that showed this magnificent site. You have to hire a tour guide to see this. Cliff Palace has more then 150 rooms. When you look at these rooms there is no word to describe this knowing that people could build such a beautiful structure with little technology. Long House is a 12 mile winded road that has a fire trail that was at one point a major fire. Spruce Tree House is the third biggest cliff dwelling. This dwelling was know to have 130 rooms and a possibility 80 people here at one time. The last but not least is called Step House. The Step House is found by driving a 12 miles road. The cliff dwelling took us one hour to get through the whole tour. If you drive up to Mesa Verde National Park make sure you get the best window tint so you not baking in the sun.
Here are some things you should bring on your trip. Sun screen, hiking boots, map, extra jacket, flashlight, matches, snacks, water, and a tarp. These are the things my wife and I brought. I’m not saying you have to bring all these. My motto is “better be safe the sorry”. Having these essential items can save your life if you possibly would end up stranded. Be safe and enjoy your trip if you decide to go to Mesa Verde National Park. If you want any advice or questions about the park just contact me.