Far View Lodge
High in the sky
The drive between the park and hotels in Cortez eats up an hour or more each way so to save time on trip #2, we booked a room at the mesa-top lodge. There are two types - standard and more upscale “Kiva” accommodations - and a choice of 1 king, 1 queen, 2 queen or two double beds. All are equipped with small refrigerators, coffeemakers, hairdryers, radios and balconies but no television, and no air conditioning (fans are provided) in standard rooms.
This choice came with a couple of trade-offs.
• 2 hours saved in daily travel time to/from the mesa
• Being at the park during quiet hours when the day-trippers have gone
• Stargazing in an environment with minimal light pollution
• The lodge is aging, not especially well maintained, and in need of updating
• Very limited dining options
Knowing we would only be in the room to sleep, we booked the lower-priced standard and ended up with a nice, unobstructed view but a little more cramped, battered and tired room even than expected: broken blinds; jammed, difficult-to-open window; aging, splintered balcony; carpet in need of a little TLC. Whatever. At the end of the day it wasn’t any worse than our accommodation in Cortez some years earlier, and the location made up for a lot of shortcomings. Even dodging some bats, the balcony delivered on stargazing and post-hike BYOB happy hours!
The only real difference between the standard and Kiva rooms are the quality of furnishings and availability of air conditioning. Depending on which building you end up in, not all rooms will have a wonderful view. The lodge is open from around mid-April through the end of October, and rates vary by room/bed type, special package price and season.
The next closest accommodations are in Cortez...where we stayed the first time, and learned quickly how long it can take to drive between there and the park.
Unique Quality: Location: the only lodging (besides the campground) within the park. Closest proximity to the archeological sites. Quiet at night.
The View Makes the Stay Worthwhile
The rooms were a bit outdated, the bathroom linoleum worn, but comfortable overall. Each room comes with a private balcony overlooking acreage devoid of civilization, a fridge and normal furnishings and décor. The silence of the park at night is a treat in itself. It’s as if you’re isolated from the world atop the mesa, and the dramatic panorama is breathtaking. One thing to be mindful of is that the Fuji water bottles that come with your room are four dollars a bottle and that the utilities (electricity and water) are add-on charges.
Dining in the Metate Room is a must as the area dishes are a delight to the eyes and taste buds. The prices are designed to fit any budget – ranging from 10 - 30 dollars an entree on the dinner menu and under 10 dollars for breakfast (9.95 pays for an all-u-can-eat breakfast buffet).
The lodge and restaurant staff was wonderful, friendly and efficient. In my eyes, however, the view and serenity of the park were its best selling amenities.
Unique Quality: Staff is helpful and friendly.
Refrigerator comes with the room.
And the view the view the view
Directions: Inside the Mesa Verde National park.
Great Room and Great Views
I read some reviews of the Far View Lodge that had me worried. But unless we wanted to do the long, long drive from one of the nearby towns (figure on nearly an hour) each morning and evening, we needed to stay at this, the ONLY motel/hotel in the park. (No camping gear coming along on this trip.)
What a wonderful surprise - our room was great! Very clean, quite lovely in fact. And the views! Everything in the room, including furnishings were new and clean.
No, it's not cheap, but I think reasonably priced given the location and type of accomodation. We used the covered balcony both evenings to watch the sun set amid scattered thunderstorms sprinkling the horizon.
We stayed in a king "Kiva" room, which cost us $130 per night at AAA rates (Amer. Auto. Assn.). Standard rooms are available for $96.
Dinner at the lodge was just a short walk from our room, though breakfast isn't served there. You have to drive to the Far View Terrace, across from the Visitor's Center, a half mile down the road, for cafeteria-style food.
I would gladly stay there again.
Unique Quality: Only hotel available. Great views out over the mesa from your balcony.
Directions: Near the Visitor's Center in the park.
Far view lodge on the Mesa...
Far view lodge on the Mesa Verde is my favourite. You have to book in advance, though.
Unique Quality: There is a story behind this picture. It was taken in 1992 (year of hurricane Andrew), and the weather was lousy, which is quite unusual in summer. So, when driving up Mesa Verde, we didn´t have much of a view and therefore did not stop for photos. When we finally pulled up in front of Farview Lodge and I turned the engine down, the car began to shake all over, with big steam clouds coming from the hood. The engine was completely broken, it had overheated and the coollant escaped on the tar. Had we stopped earlier, we would have been stuck in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, this happened near a telephone. :-)
Nearby Far View Lodge
Far View Lodge
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Far View Hotel Mesa Verde National Park
Address: 1 Navajo Hill, Box 277 , , Colorado, 81330, United States
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Amenities at Far View Lodge
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
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