• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

National Park Sites in the Southwest

Distances and travel time are conservative estimates

Arches National Park
Located near Moab, Utah approximately three hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 150 miles.

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Located in Aztec, New Mexico approximately one and a half hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 95 miles via Durango, Colorado and 115 miles via Farmington, New Mexico.

Bandelier National Monument
Located near Santa Fe, New Mexico approximately four hours away from the headquarters area of Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 269 miles.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
Located near Montrose, Colorado approximately three hours away from the Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 180 miles.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Near Tropic, Utah approximately six and a half hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 405 miles.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Located at Chinle, Arizona approximately three hours from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 173 miles.

Canyonlands National Park
Located near Moab, Utah approximately three hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 140 miles to the Needles and 177 miles to Islands in the Sky.

Capitol Reef National Park
Located east of Torrey, Utah approximately four and a half hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 285 miles via Green River, Utah.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Located south of Farmington, New Mexico approximately three hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 162 miles.

Colorado National Monument
Located near Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 245 miles.

Curecanti National Recreation Area
Located near Montrose, Colorado approximately three and a half hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 210 miles.

El Malpais National Monument
Located near Grants, New Mexico approximately four hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 222 miles.

El Morro National Monument
Located near Ramah, New Mexico approximately four hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 220 miles.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Located at Page, Utah approximately four hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 250 miles.

Grand Canyon National Park
Located north of Flagstaff, Arizona approximately five to six hours west of Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 427 miles via Grants and Flagstaff, 303 miles via the Navajo Trail, or 413 miles to the North Rim via the Navajo Trail.

Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Located just outside of Alamosa, Colorado approximately four hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 243 miles.

Hovenweep National Monument
Located in Southeastern Utah approximately one and a half hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 67 miles via McElmo Canyon Road or 75 miles via Pleasant View.

Hubbel Trading Post National Historic Site
Located at Ganado, Arizona approximately three and a half hours from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 203 miles.

Navajo National Monument
Located near Kayenta, Arizona approximately three away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde National Park headquarters - 176 miles.

Pecos National Historical Park
Located near Santa Fe, New Mexico approximately four hours away from the Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 325 miles.

Petrified Forest National Park
Located near Holbrook, Arizona approximately four hours away from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 212 miles.

Petroglyph National Monument
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico approximately five hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 268 miles.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Located near Flagstaff, Arizona approximately five hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 283 miles.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Located near Flagstaff, Arizona approximately five hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 299 miles.

Wupatki National Monument
Located near Flagstaff, Arizona approximately five hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 267 miles.

Zion National Park
Located near Springdale, Utah approximately six to eight hours away from Mesa Verde National Park. Distance from Mesa Verde NP headquarters - 369 miles via Page, Utah or 525 miles via Price, Utah.


(Note: All distances and travel time are conservative estimates.)

Did You Know?

Kiva courtyard at Spruce Tree House

A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.