A National Park located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park may not be as famous as some of the other National Parks in the United States like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, but it’s no less worth visiting.
In fact, the very fact that it isn’t as well-known as other National Parks is one of the things that adds to its appeal, as it’s less crowded and has more breathing room than places like Rocky Mountain National Park.
But that’s not all that Mesa Verde has to offer. In addition to being a National Park, Mesa Verde is also a World Heritage Site, filled with well-preserved homes and artifacts of the Ancestral Pueblo people.
It’s also a great place for bicycle riders, with trails that are some of the best for mountain bike riding in all of Colorado. Maintained by the local Kokopelli Bike Club, there are fitting trails for every ability and level.
The grounds of the park also have museums, vineyards, lots of dining options, a variety of wildlife (including several endangered species), and campgrounds, so there’s no shortage of things you can enjoy.