Mesa Verde Sunrise Tours

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Cortez, US
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Cortez, US
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of southwest Colorado with Mesa Verde Sunrise Tours. Start your day by watching the sunrise over the iconic Mesa Verde plateau at Hawkins Nature Preserve, while sipping on a cup of coffee and learning about the rich history of the region. Embark on an easy 2-mile walk through the preserve, exploring the unique geology and ecology of the area. Stop at the canyon's edge to witness the sunrise over the La Plata mountains and Mesa Verde National Park. Indulge in your choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, accompanied by a delicious locally baked treat. Along the way, you'll also visit a 1,000+-year-old ruin, delving into the lives and culture of the ancient people who built Mesa Verde. Join us for a memorable journey through pinyon-juniper woodlands and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of southwest Colorado.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours 30 minutes - 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Watch the sunrise over Mesa Verde plateau
  • Sip coffee at the canyon edge
  • Learn about the history of southwest Colorado
  • Explore the unique geology & ecology of southwest Colorado
  • Visit a 1,000+-year-old ruin and learn about the culture
  • Coffee and/or tea
  • Snacks
  • Private transportation

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of southwest Colorado on the Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour. As the sun gradually lights up the iconic Mesa Verde plateau in Hawkins Nature Preserve, immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating natural landscape. This tour offers a unique opportunity to witness the sunrise while sipping on a hot cup of coffee at the canyon edge, accompanied by a locally baked treat. Let the vibrant colors of the La Plata mountains and Mesa Verde National Park paint a picturesque canvas in front of your eyes.

What to expect?

During this leisurely 2-mile walk on sometimes uneven terrain, you can expect to discover the fascinating geology and ecology of southwest Colorado. As you make your way through the preserve, you will have the chance to admire the diverse flora and fauna and gain insights into their significance. The highlight of the tour is the sunrise viewing from the canyon's edge, where the La Plata mountains and the ancient Mesa Verde National Park provide a stunning backdrop. Along the way, your experienced guide will share interesting stories and historical facts about the people who once inhabited the area.

Who is this for?

The Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour welcomes all nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and adventure seekers. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone. Dog owners are also welcome to bring their furry companions, with prior permission. This tour is suitable for all fitness levels, as it involves a gentle walk amidst the captivating beauty of southwest Colorado.

Why book this?

Embark on the Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour and discover the magical allure of witnessing the sunrise over the Mesa Verde plateau. This tour not only provides a peaceful and awe-inspiring experience but also offers valuable insight into the region's geology, ecology, and cultural history. With the guidance of your knowledgeable tour guide, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the ancient ruins and the indigenous people who once called Mesa Verde home. Indulge in a cup of your preferred hot beverage and a delectable locally baked treat as you take in the breathtaking scenery. This tour is a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure.

Good to know

The Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour runs for approximately 90 to 120 minutes, ensuring ample time to savor every moment of the experience. The meeting point is Hawkins Preserve, located at the end of Cedar Street. Although access to the preserve is free and open to the public, it's recommended to check with the tour operator before bringing your dog. The preserve offers a great vantage point for admiring the Mesa Verde plateau, providing a unique perspective outside of Mesa Verde National Park. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the captivating beauty and learn about the cultural significance of Mesa Verde.


Previous participants of the Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour have praised the tour's enchanting experience and knowledgeable guides. Travelers have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to witness the mesmerizing sunrise while being immersed in the captivating beauty of the region. The tour's mix of natural exploration, ancient ruins, and cultural insights has left participants with a newfound understanding and respect for the Southwest's vibrant history. Guests have consistently rated this tour as a highlight of their Colorado adventures, describing it as a perfect blend of relaxation, education, and awe-inspiring moments. Don't miss out on this unforgettable sunrise tour that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper connection to the mesmerizing Mesa Verde plateau.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Hawkins Preserve

Hawkins Nature Preserve is a 122-acre preserve on the southern edge of Cortez. Access is FREE & open to the public, but it can be difficult to find the perfect sunrise watching spot if you've never been. After our tour, it's easy to come back to explore the area by yourself. Hawkins is a popular dog-walking area, but please check in with me before your bring your friend! **This tour is NOT in Mesa Verde NP, but has great views of the plateau.



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Communication before hand was very through and timely. Easy location to meet. Beautiful place and well worth the early morning! Helen was very knowledgeable and friendly. Provided good coffee with condiments and a pastry treat. I easily recommend this hike!!
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2024-06-14 16:34