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Mesa Verde Country Announces Unique Tours for Visitors in 2019

Southwest Colorado vacation destination tours feature culture, history, agriculture & more!

Posted on Thu, Mar 14th, 2019 1:48 pm by news services

Cortez, Colo. – Just in time for summer vacation planning season, Mesa Verde Country, located in southwest Colorado, has announced the unique tours travelers can take when visiting the area. The tours – which fill up quickly and should be booked in advance – offer an in-depth look at this culturally rich area of the country.

Here is a summary of the entertaining and educational tours that are available in Mesa Verde Country.

Mesa Verde Farm & Ranch Tours (summer & fall)

The farming history in Mesa Verde Country dates back to Ancestral Puebloan times. Mesa Verde Country’s hands-on Farm and Ranch Tours help visitors learn about the area’s agriculture history and modern-day farming and ranching. Discover how agriculture has shaped Montezuma County while taking in the beauty of the high desert topography. The tours include historical sights, one-on-one time with the farmers and ranchers, lunch and an optional local wine and beer tasting. To book, phone 970-739-0625 or visit or

Balcony House is the only cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado that faces east, making the Sunrise Tour at this site something special.   

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Throughout the year, Mesa Verde National Park offers a number of self- and ranger-guided tours and programs to help travelers get the most out of their visit to this cultural wonder of the world.

700 Years Tour (April 14-October 20)
The 700 Years Tour provides a complete historical view of the Ancestral Puebloans’ architectural, horticultural, cultural and religious dimensions. The four-hour guided excursion follows a chronological journey of the sites in the park, which has been named one of the top 10 places to visit in a lifetime. Call 800-449-2288 to book.
Summer & Fall Solstice Tour (June 21-22 and Sept. 22-23)
For centuries, Pueblo farmers have been observing the sky and the change of seasons. Take the Sunrise Tour of Balcony House – the only site in the park that faces east – during summer or fall solstice and join in the long tradition of sky-watching at Mesa Verde. Call 877-444-6777 to book.
Balcony House Sunrise Tour (June-September)
You don’t have to make it to the park on the solstice to enjoy sunrise at Balcony House. Tours are offered June through September and feature the benefits of a small group size, cooler temperatures and more time in the dwelling than the regular tour. Participants will climb up a 32-fooot ladder, through a 18- and 12-inch tunnels, and up a 60-foot open cliff face with stone steps. The 90-minute tour is also available for advance, online reservations. Book by calling or going online to
Hovenweep Dark Sky Events (summer)

During the summer, Hovenweep National Monument hosts a free astronomy program that enables visitors to check out the gold-tier dark sky Hovenweep has to offer. Join rangers to learn about the night sky and take a constellation tour. Bring a small flashlight with red covering, a chair or blanket to sit on, and your sense of wonder! Check for details.


For more information on planning a trip to Mesa Verde Country, call 800-530-2998 or visit


About Mesa Verde Country (

Mesa Verde Country is in southwest Colorado near the entrance to the magnificent Mesa Verde National Park. The nearby towns of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos provide accommodations, dining, outdoor fun and visitor services. Named the “Number One Historic Monument in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime-The World's Greatest Destinations” by National Geographic, Mesa Verde National Park is one of the nation’s first World Heritage sites and the largest archaeological preserve in the country. Two national byways pass through Mesa Verde Country. In addition to the National Park, Mesa Verde Country is full of other archaeological attractions: Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Visitor Center and Museum, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and the Cortez Cultural Center. Mountain biking enthusiasts have recognized Mesa Verde Country as one of the next great mountain biking destinations.