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Discover Mesa Verde National Park

When a national park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you know it’s a pretty special place. Mesa Verde National Park earned this accolade in 1978 thanks to its unique historical relevance, and it’s a park where any history buff will feel right at home.

Tucked away in southwestern Colorado, just 10 miles east of Cortez, Mesa Verde National Park preserves more than 50,000 acres that were once the home of the Ancestral Pueblo people. It’s a remarkable spot with almost 5,000 archeological sites, so you’ll want to take your time exploring.

RV campers are more than welcome in Mesa Verde National Park, so search for an RV near Montezuma County and start planning your perfect camping vacation.

Getting Outdoors

For 700 years, from 600 to 1300 BCE, the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in the area that became Mesa Verde National Park. The park is now home to a plethora of fascinating archeological sites, including more than 600 cliff dwellings.

But before you head out to investigate them, the best place to start your Mesa Verde National Park RV camping adventure is at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. Located at the park entrance, this center is where you can plan your visit and also book tickets to explore Cliff Palace, Long House, or Balcony House, three of the park’s most famous cliff dwellings.

Cliff Palace is the biggest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde and a must-visit, while a guided tour of Balcony House involves climbing steep ladders and crawling through tight tunnels, so is not for the faint-hearted.

The next stop on your adventure may well be the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, where you can check out a range of dioramas displaying what life was like for the Ancestral Pueblo people. You can also get up close and personal with a wide range of archeological artifacts, as well as marvel at the Spruce Tree House dwelling from nearby overlooks.

If you’re feeling energetic, you’ll also want to lace up your hiking boots and tackle some of Mesa Verde National Park’s many excellent hiking trails. The two-mile Knife Edge Trail provides excellent views out over Montezuma Valley, while Petroglyph Point Trail offers a challenging and rocky trek to a large petroglyph panel. There are several other trails to explore, so take your time to choose a route that interests you.

Alternatively, ride your bicycle to a cliff dwelling overlook off Wetherill Mesa Drive, or pack your binoculars to try and spot a wide range of rare bird species.

Camping at Mesa Verde National Park

If you want to go RV camping at Mesa Verde National Park, Morefield Campground is the place to do it. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-October, with limited camping available (including comfort stations) during the off-season.

Morefield Campground is found just four miles inside the park’s boundary and features 267 sites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Fifteen of those sites offer full hookups for RVs, but you’ll need to make a reservation if you want to secure one of these spots for your rental RV.

If you like campgrounds that offer plenty of creature comforts, you’ll be more than happy to spend a few days in Morefield Campground. Morefield Village offers a range of essential services, including a cafe, gas station, dumping station, a grocery store, showers, and a coin-operated laundry facility.

And with easy access to several hiking trails straight from the campground, you’ll be well placed to explore the surrounding terrain.

Exploring the Area

We’ve listed some of the highlights of Mesa Verde National Park, but there are still plenty of other wonderful sights to see before you leave the park. For example, you might want to take a self-guided tour of the spectacular Step House if you’d rather avoid the crowds at the other cliff dwellings.

Once you’ve seen all you need to see in the park, climb aboard your rental RV and set a course for one of myriad nearby attractions. You’ve got Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the west, Lone Mesa State Park to the north, and San Juan National Forest just over an hour’s drive northeast.

Alternatively, you might opt to head a couple of hundred miles north to Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado’s wine country, to enjoy some wine tasting and sightseeing. Or if you’d prefer to explore a big city, you can turn your rental RV southeast and be in Albuquerque in around four hours. ABQ BioPark is an excellent outing in Albuquerque for the kids, and Petroglyph National Monument offers even more archeological wonders to explore.

Whatever sort of motorhome camping adventure you want to have, you won’t have to drive for long to find something well worth visiting.

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