Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide

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Unlike the other national parks, Mesa Verde earned its status from its ancient cultural history rather than its geological treasures. President Theodore Roosevelt established it in 1906 as the first national park to "preserve the works of man," in this case that of the Ancestral Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi. They lived in the region from roughly 550 to 1300; they left behind more than 4,000 archaeological sites spread out over 80 square miles. Their ancient dwellings, set high into the sandstone cliffs, are the heart of the park.

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Mesa Verde National Park Hotels

All 150 rooms of the park's Far View Lodge, open April through October, fill up quickly—so reservations are recommended, especially if you plan to visit...read more

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Mesa Verde National Park Restaurants

Dining options in Mesa Verde are limited inside the park, but comparatively plentiful and varied if you're staying in Cortez or Durango. In surrounding...read more

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Things To Do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park Experiences

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