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Mesa Verde

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    Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Mesa Verde is best known for cliff dwellings, which are structures built within caves and under outcroppings in cliffs – including Cliff Palace which is the largest of the dwellings and has over 150 individual rooms and more than 20 kivas (rooms for religious rituals). Take a guided tour or a self guided tour around this awe inspiring park, hike along one of the numerous trails, visit one of the many exhibits or shop in the dwellings for regional native American handcrafts.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

    • Top Tip 2

      Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

    • Top Tip 3

      Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

    • Top Tip 5

      If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

    • Top Tip 6

      Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

    • Top Tip 7

      Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

    • Top Tip 8

      Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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