Mesa Verde is Spanish for green table, effectively making "Green Table National Park" a viable alternative name for the area we'll be discussing in this guide. While it may seem odd to name a park after a viridescent piece of furniture, one look at the venue's rolling green hills gives some context to the area's unique name. Founded in 1906 by President Roosevelt in an effort to preserve as many pieces of America's natural history as he could, the Mesa Verde National Park has become a very popular destination for visitors who'd like to get up close and personal with the area's flora, fauna and many archaeological sites. While dogs aren't permitted on any of the trails, there are still a number of activities that pet lovers can do with their furry friends in designated areas in and around the park.
The Mesa Verde National Park can still be a fun place to visit with your dog, provided the two of you follow the laws of the land. While some may be disappointed to learn that they can't visit all of the park's attractions with their pets, we feel that the Mesa Verde is still a place worth visiting due to its sheer historical and ecological significance to the United States of America; however restricting they may seem, the rules that govern the Mesa Verde were put in place to preserve the area's ecosystem as best as possible. By following those rules, you and your pet will be contributing to the park's mission of preserving the area as one of the world's last few truly wild zones.