Mesa Verde National Park, located between Durango, Cortez and only 2.5 hours from Telluride, is rich in history with spectacular views stretching over one hundred miles. The National Park was established to preserve archaeological sites built by the Ancestral Puebloans dating back to 550 A.D. With a spectacular look into the lives of the Puebloans, these inhabitants lived in the Four Corners region of Colorado for over 700 years. Spend hours looking at nearly 5,000 archaeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings, pueblos, masonry towers, farming structures, and much more. Take time to look back into the past at one of the best preserved and most notable National Parks of its kind in the United States. But that's not all... Mesa Verde National Park has numerous hiking trails, beautiful camping grounds, heritage foods and cuisine, Native American handcrafts and shopping, and more.