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Staying Safe at Mesa Verde National Park

Situated in Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to a significant amount of archeological sites, this national park is situated in the middle of a vast desert with steep canyons and mesas. Be sure to take the relevant safety precautions when visiting Mesa Verde National Park.

Weather

The park is warm year round and summers can get particularly hot. Be sure to pack plenty of water and drink it frequently to avoid dehydration. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection.

Thunderstorms can come quickly and without warning, so protect yourself from lightning in case of a storm. Seek shelter and avoid wide open spaces and tall trees.

Wildlife 

Do not feed any wildlife you encounter in the park. Make sure to keep a safe distance from wildlife and keep your food stored safely and securely. 

Other Concerns 

There are a variety of cliff dwellings that can be difficult and dangerous to reach as there are uneven steps and ladders and are located on steep cliffs. Nearly all of the trails throughout the park are strenuous so be prepared before you head out. 

Beware of falling rocks blocking the roads and make sure you’ve got enough gas to last through your visit as there is only one gas station inside the park. Be cautious while driving as park roads are narrow and winding.

Cell service the park is limited so don’t rely on your cell phone for communication or directions. Bring a compass and map and be sure to familiarize yourself with your route ahead of time.

Be prepared for altitude sickness as elevations vary greatly within the park. A large part of staying safe is remaining hydrated so don’t forget the water!

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