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Reviewed 26 November 2018

I was passing through and on a bit of a time crunch so I just stopped at the visitor center and not the rest of the park. Very clean but a bit small and little history compared to others that I've been to. In retrospect...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Five_Aces_Tx
Reviewed 23 November 2018

There's not much to see here in the way of exhibits. There's a small -ish gift shop, but the main reason for stopping here (apart from the toilets), is to purchase tickets to visit the cliff dwellings pick up park maps.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LiciaW
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

This was a great way to gain an insight into the life of the Pueblo before visiting the park. Be aware that the full extent of the Park is about 20 miles and 45 minutes from the Visitor Center so ensure that you arrive early...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

All part of the attraction but at no time was an explanation offered as to why the early inhabitants chose this unusual location

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GazandJude
Reviewed 6 November 2018

A short stop at the visitor center gave us a good idea what to expect. Right before entering the park, you can park your trailer, trailers are not allowed in the park. We decided not to book paid visits with a ranger because of our...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peterpoes
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Lots of information about Mesa verda the view from the picture window is amazing of the Mesa Research and museum in the visitors center is great. Loved the pottery and the info. It is amazing that the people lived here

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CindyT615
Reviewed 26 October 2018

A new Visitors Center since we were here last, 8 years ago. Much larger and much better. Lots of interesting exhibits.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank webbfoot
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We went to Hovenweep, Aztec Ruins, Chaco, and Mesa Verde this trip. All offer a different and unique perspective of the Pueblo Indians during various time periods. They were all worth the time spent. We drove to Mesa Verde on October 19, 2018. We were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

The information and knowledge shared here put the entire mesa into perspective. And the sculpture out front was both awe inspiring and respectful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DianneM92
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Like all National Park Visitor Centers, this one was nice....however, the personnel may not have been as friendly as we have experienced in the many other National Parks we have visited. Definitely need to view the "movie" on the park....well done.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from DEMTexas | Reviewed this property |
If you have the time and are driving by the Information Center has a few exhibits. If no tours are available and none of the dwellings that you can tour yourself are open either then I would not take a detour to visit.