• sign in
  • |
  • sign up
  • |
  • my miniguide
  • |
  • write a review
Mesa Top Sites, Mesa Verde National Park
Fast Facts

BEST

  for

KIDS

ADDRESS
Mesa Top Loop Road
Mesa Verde National Park
Colorado 81330
CONTACT DETAILS
ACTIVITIES
Ancient Ruins
 
 
 
Points of Interest Nearby
 
 

Square Tower House, Mesa Verde

 

Photo by National Park Service

Traveler
   Rating
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mesa Top Loop Road - a 6-mile (10km) driving tour with short, paved trails - follows the Ancestral Puebloans as they make their way from pithouse to pueblo in roughly 600 years. Stop at one or more of the ten easily accessed archaeological sites and gain insight to Anasazi life. Enjoy views of Square Tower House, Sun Point and Cliff Palace from the overlooks along the route. And introduce the kids to two Anasazi peoples: Basketmakers and Puebloans.
Anasazi: Basketmakers and Puebloans
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

Alfredo De Simone

 
The Anasazi inhabited the area of the American Southwest known as the Four Corners from 1 to 1300 A.D. And while we call this ancient culture by a single name, the Anasazi people were actually two: Basketmakers and Puebloans. The Anasazi Basketmakers, as their name suggests, were adept at making baskets. They lived in small communities, made pottery and grew beans, squash and corn. But they weren't yet cliff dwellers. The Anasazi Basketmakers lived on the mesa top. And their homes were simple pithouses not adobe pueblos. Their descendents, the Anasazi Puebloans, developed that skill. The Anasazi Puebloans differed from their ancestors in other ways too. The Anasazi Puebloans were accomplished farmers; they terraced their fields and irrigated the land. What's more, the Anasazi Puebloans used the bow and arrow to hunt and, unlike their ancestors the Anasazi Basketmakers, they raised animals such as the turkey for food.
 
Traveler Reviews

BEST

  for

KIDS

A bit overwhelming for the kids

Submitted on 30 October 2007 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
Traveler
   Rating
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This self-guided driving tour of the mesa tops sites is a bit overwhelming with and without the informative brochure. Stopping, getting out of the car, walking to and from each site and getting back in the car wears kids out fast. Especially on a hot day. The shorter Step House trail on Wetherill Mesa was of greater interest to my 8-year-old daughter and 18-year-old niece.
1 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful?  Yes   No
Write a Review
Traveler
   Rating
Best
 for
Kids
Preview & Post
Travel Trivia
Cinque Terre is Italian for:
Books for Kids about Colorado
Free Travel Journal
Get a free kids travel journal to document your family vacation.
Download PDF