Mesa Verde National Park Tours
Cliff House at Mesa Verde National Park.
Explore the history and culture of the ancient Puebloans
Tom’s Tours Mesa Verde National Park tour is a favorite among first-time guests or returning guests to Four Corners area. Leaving Durango and heading west towards Mancos and Cortez CO, the picturesque changes in vegetation and geography are quite spectacular! Guests enjoy a relaxing ride as the ponderosa pines with patches of aspen scattered on the mountainsides dramatically change as the elevation drops down into the fertile, green valleys closer to Mancos, CO, Gateway to Mesa Verde, where the ancients once lived.
Mesa Verde means ‘green table’ in Spanish, and at one time, the tops of the mesas were rich farmlands growing corn, beans, and squash that helped sustain the hunter-gatherer Puebloan people. Nowadays, the mesas are covered with pinon, cedar, sagebrush, and stands of gamble oak that offers a spectacular look into the area the ancestral tribes of Mesa Verde made their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Mesa Verde is open year-round, but some areas are seasonal. To make the most of your trip let us design a tour for you to cover the things you are most interested in. You can choose to take in some of the Ranger guided tours as part of your day, or a hiking tour to see some of the lesser visited areas of the park, or more of a driving tour – checking out the many preserved dig sites and the museum with its beautiful artifacts. Whichever tour you desire, we can put it together, and provide lunch for the day so you can get the most out of your experience. We will provide unlimited bottled water for the day, as most other beverages are not allowed in the majority of areas within the Park.
Lunch options include your choice of Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Salami, or Veggie. Gluten Free sandwiches are available to our guests by request. Just ask!