Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

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Mesa Verde National Park

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News

Mesa Verde Receives Gift of the Estate of David Rockefeller from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller

Mesa Verde National Park has announced the Gift of the Estate of David Rockefeller from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller—an acquisition comprising more than 100 works of art representing Native American Culture, by Native American artists, including pieces by tribal community members traditionally associated with Mesa Verde National Park.

Star Party at Mesa Verde National Park

Join local and park astronomers for the third annual Star Party in Mesa Verde National Park! Enjoy the wonders of the night sky at the Morefield Campground Amphitheater on Saturday, October 6th, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Mesa Verde National Park 2018 Holiday Open House is December 13

Please join Mesa Verde staff in celebrating our annual Holiday Open House and Luminaria event on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. This year’s event will feature refreshments at the Far View Terrace and night sky viewing at the Far View Center balcony, weather depending. After spending time in this area, visitors are encouraged to drive the Mesa Top Loop road to view minimally-lit Mesa Top Loop sites and select visible cliff dwellings. Pathways and parking areas will be illuminated by farolitos, but flashlights and/or headlamps are encouraged. Attendance to the Holiday Open House is free.

Mesa Verde National Park Photos

Balcony House & Kiva, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Balcony House, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Balcony House & Kiva, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Kiva, Balcony House, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Balcony House, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Balcony House, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Balcony House, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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Cliff Palace, C.E. 1190 to 1300, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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CO 1978 Cliff Palace a

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CO 1978 Cliff Palace a

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Best I could do to restore the color, the slide had started to color shift on me.

Cliff Palace

The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the North American Continent. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs. The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century. By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.

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CO 1978 Cliff Palace

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CO 1978 Cliff Palace

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Cliff Palace

The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the North American Continent. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs. The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century. By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.

Source: www.nps.gov/meve/learn/historyculture/cliff_dwellings_hom...

Mesa Verde cliff dwillings

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Mesa Verde cliff dwillings

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

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Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace

Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

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Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace

Montezuma Valley overlook trail

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Montezuma Valley overlook trail

Beautiful sunset overlooking Montezuma Valley, Mesa Verde National Park.

Charred Knot

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Charred Knot

Close up of charred tree, Mesa Verde National Park (Prater Ridge trail).

Morefield Campground

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Morefield Campground

Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, from Prater Ridge, Thanksgiving Day 2017.

One Tough Tree

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One Tough Tree

Small Pinon Pine toughing it out on the edge of a cliff in Mesa Verde National Park - Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.

US to US Surprise Me RR #800 - from KDA

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US to US Surprise Me RR #800 - from KDA

A Tangle of Dead Trees

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A Tangle of Dead Trees

Dead trees on Prater Ridge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.