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Mesa Verde of the Four Corners Region

With over 4,000 archaeological sites, Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States.  It is home to some of the largest cliff dwellings in the world, as well as mesa-top pueblos, and pit houses- all of which were built by the ancestral Puebloans (also called the Anasazi), during the 700-year period (A.D. 600-1300).  The position of these cliff dwellings suggests the 2,000-foot-high cliffs to the north act as a natural barrier to invaders.  The 52,000-acre site is the only U.S. national park devoted entirely to the works of humans.  These cliff homes were fully occupied for about a century.

Photo of a Mesa Verde Cliff Palace

INFORMATION: Contact Mesa Verde National Park, P.O. Box 8, Mesa Verse N.P., CO 81330-0008 (p: 970 529 4465; www.nps.gov/meve).  Admission to the park is $15 per vehicle.  Back country camping and off trail hiking has been outlawed.  Dogs are not permitted on any trails in the park.  If needed, there is a Dog Hotel in the area (p: 970 882 5416).

CAMPING: Morefield Campground, 4 miles past the entrance station has 435 sites and is open from mid-May- mid-October.  It has the best views in the area and sits on rolling hills in a grassy area with scrub oak and brush.  Mule deer browse in the bushes around many campsites at dusk most evenings.  Morefield Village has coin operated showers and laundry.  The campground has toilets, drinking water, public phones, and picnic tables.  Campsites cost $23 and reservations are accepted (p:800 449 2288).

Map of a Mesa Verde

Photo of a Mesa Verde Cliff Palace

Photo of a Mesa Verde Cliff Palace