Trailer Camping at Mesa Verde National Park

December 12, 2011
Filed under National Parks

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park is a must-see destination for anyone trailer camping in Colorado.

The park surrounds some of the most complete and interesting archeological sites in the country. More than 4,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, fill the park with ancient wonder.

To protect the area from thieves and looters, President Roosevelt established it as Mesa Verde National Park in 1906. While best known for its architecture, the park has a lot to offer, including petroglyphs, forests, mesas and a wonderful diversity of plant and animal life.

Seeing the cliff dwellings is easy with free guided tours, but getting to some of them can take a bit of work. The most famous dwellings require hikers to climb ladders ranging from a few feet to more than 30 feet.

The weather is always changing, but temperatures rarely reach above 80 degrees between June and September. Winter can see plenty of snow, skiers can break out the cross country skis and enjoy the mild winters.

Mesa Verde National Park is open year round. The entrance fee for the park is $15 May 30-Sept. 6, while it is only $10 the rest of the year. An annual pass is $30.

To find nearby camping sites, visit Colorado campgrounds.

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