Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and the fascinating history of Colorado while staying at our hotel near Mesa Verde National Park! Protecting almost 5,000 known archeological sites depicting the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who inhabited the area for more than 700 years, Mesa Verde’s vast hiking trails and 600 cliff dwellings is a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore pithouses, pueblos, masonry towers, farming structures and more in one of the best-preserved dwellings in the United States!
The Ancestral Puebloans primarily lived on the mesa top for about 600 years, until around the late 1190s when they ventured and built villages beneath the overhanging cliffs. Today, tourists from all over the world journey to these captivating dwellings to explore these breathtaking sites the Ancestral Puebloans occupied until the 1300s. Tours of these cliff dwellings vary from self-guided tours, ranger-led walking tours and half-day guided bus tours.
No matter your skill level, Mesa Verde National Park offers a wide variety of trails for both the novice and expert hikers. From the 7.8 mile round-trip of the Prater Ridge Trail in the Morefield Trailheads to 1.2 mile round-trip of the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail in the Chapin Mesa Trailheads, you can choose the adventure that’s perfect for you. Please note that visitors may not enter cliff dwellings unless accompanied by a uniformed park ranger.
The Rochester Hotel is located about a 45-minute drive from this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at our hotel near the Mesa Verde National Park, unwind in our comfortable lodgings and enjoy the historic charms of downtown Durango while visiting this immersive national park!