Mesa Verde National Park is in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The gateway town is Cortez. To give you some sample times and distances if traveling from other nearby National Parks, it is about 180 miles and four hours to Arches National Park in Utah, 120 miles and three and a half hours from Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, and 360 miles and nearly eight hours to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
In the main summer months, the park charges $15 for a carload to enter for up to one week and $10 at other times of the year. Single travelers on foot of bike/motorcycle pay just $8 in season and $5 off-season. We were using the America The Beautiful Pass which cost $80 and allows a carload to enter any federally administered land for a period of one year. This is great value if you are driving around even a handful of parks and an amazing one if going to all of them.
The roads around Mesa Verde are two-lane, winding mountain roads, often with no guard rails. Trailers are not allowed in the park, there is an area to "park" your trailers before the entrance. We left RedRover on the trailer here and continued up the road.
There are scenic buses that will take you around the sites, and if you have a camper-trailer, you can drive through, we saw a lot of them. Just remember you will be traveling winding, steep roads, and be prepared to stop.
The scenery is beautiful, as you drove up to the top of the mesas. From Far View Visitor Center on, keep your eyes open. Look in the canyons below, and you will spots one or more of the hundreds of dwelling sites here. They're everywhere you look, in alcoves all throughout.
you have to have a car to get around (and to) Mesa Verde
also there is no gas in the park, but there's gas stations in cortez and as far as ia remeber there's one on the highway before you take the exit for the park
Don't go to the park on a empty tank. We put about 80 miles on our truck driving around in the park.
The only place to get gas is Morefield Village which is four miles from the park entrance.