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Mesa Verde National Park

There are way more ancient dwellings; cliff dwellings, old puebloes, remains of pit houses, etc than most people think scattered throughout the western part of the United States. I find all of them fascinating and have explored many of them. Mesa Verde is one of the finest examples of ancient dwellings I have seen. The history of these dwellings began around 1400 years ago when a group of these ancient peoples inhabited the area now known as Four Corners (where Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico meet) and decided to build a community in Mesa Verde. This community thrived for over 700 years. Dwellings are situated all throughout the cliffs and canyons in the park.

Square Tower

At 28 feet in height, the 4 story "Square Tower" is the tallest structure in the park. It was once part of a large 80 room structure complete with 7 kivas (sacred ceremonial rooms). Several of the sites are available to explore using self-guided or ranger-guided tours. Hikes range from short and easy to long strenuous hikes.

Chapin Mesa Mueum

A good place to get an overview of the history of the peoples and structures associated with Mesa Verde is the Chapin Mesa Museum located near the Spruce Tree House. They also have an extensive library for those looking to do more in-depth research.

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  • In a nutshell:Interesting Glimpse into Prehistory in North America
  • Last visit to Mesa Verde National Park: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 5, 2011
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Mesa Verde is a UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks for sharing. SL :)

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Yes, definitely my sort of place! Absolutely fascinating... :-)

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