The Far View Lodge was our lodging of choice when we visited Mesa Verde National Park. We do recommend this hotel to other families visiting this national park, but this lodge may not be right for all families. Read on to find out whether it is right for your Mesa Verde vacation.
What We Loved
The location of the Far View Lodge is easily its best selling point. All of the Anasazi cliff dwellings and other ruins are at least a 30-minute drive from the park entrance via a steep and winding road. The Far View Lodge is located inside the park at the end of the steep and winding part. It’s the jumping off point for the best attractions inside Mesa Verde National Park.
Far View is not just a name, it’s also a description. The Far View Lodge is set on a hill overlooking miles and miles of wilderness in four U.S. states. Every room has a balcony with seating. We loved watching for wildlife in the early morning and gazing at an extra-dark night sky from our private patio.
The views from some rooms will be partially obstructed by other rooms. If this matters to you, be sure to discuss your options with the clerk when you make your reservation.
The decor of our Kiva room was distinctive and of good quality. It was far more interesting than the bland decor of most hotel rooms. Our room also had a small refrigerator. We stocked it with breakfast and picnic supplies, which helped us save money on dining out.
The Far View Lodge has no in-room televisions. This was almost a no-go for us because one our kids’ favorite things about staying in a hotel is winding down in front of the Disney Channel at the end of the day. However, the Far View Lodge has free Wi-Fi, so even they realized that we would muddle through just fine with our laptop, Kindles and smart phones.
With no television, and the hotel’s remote location, the Far View Lodge is quiet. Wonderfully quiet. In the morning, I was happy to watch my children watching the sun rise through our big picture window instead of a television while they ate their breakfasts.
Room for Improvement
There were a few things about the Far View Lodge that we didn’t love. Overall, they were due to the character of the hotel, not a lack of service. The Far View Lodge will not be the best choice for every family.
First, the rooms are small – smaller than the average hotel room. Our Kiva room had two double beds because the room was too small for two queens. That’s a tight fit for a family of four. Adjoining rooms are an option, so families might want to book more than one room. Some Standard rooms are large enough for two queens.
The biggest disappointment was the thin walls. We could clearly hear entire conversations from the room next to ours. With that in mind, we felt pressure to encourage our own rambunctious children to keep the noise down.
The location of the Far View Lodge is not a great base for visiting attractions outside Mesa Verde National Park. Just as it takes 30 minutes to get to the best attractions inside the park, it will take an extra 30 minutes to get out of the park to go anywhere else.
We give the Far View Lodge a unanimous thumbs up. Its location and character are hard to beat if you are planning a visit to Mesa Verde National Park. The panoramic view and potential for wildlife spotting are outstanding. The sublime feeling of peace and quiet lingers with me. The Far View Lodge is a good option for families, but I think that a Kiva Room with a king-size bed would be a good choice for a romantic getaway.
Good to Know
Where: 15 miles inside Mesa Verde National Park. The Far View Lodge is a short walk from the Far View Visitor Center.
When: The Far View Lodge is closed during winter months. The 2013 Dates of Operation are April 18 – October 19.
How Much: Depending on the date of your stay, Standard rooms can be had for less than $120 per night. A Kiva room ranges from $130-$190. Off-season and early booking deals may be available. Check the hotel’s website at visitmesaverde.com for availability.
How Long: We found that 1-2 full days was enough to see Mesa Verde National Park.
Amenities: The 5-star Metate Room restaurant is on-site. Two casual, cafeteria-style cafes are located a short drive from the Far View Lodge. Visit the hotel’s website for a full list of in-room amenities.
Disclaimer: Aramark sponsored part of our stay at the Far View Lodge, but the opinions expressed in this review are my own.