- Ancient artifacts Mesa Verde is a time capsule for the Ancestral Puebloan culture, which flourished between 700 and 1,400 years ago; more than 4,000 archaeological sites and 3 million objects have been unearthed here.
- Bright nights Mesa Verde's lack of light and air pollution, along with its high elevation make for spectacular views of the heavens, punctuated by shooting stars, passing satellites, and—if the conditions are right—the Milky Way.
- Cliff dwellings Built atop the pinyon-covered mesa tops and hidden in the park's valleys is a wondrous collection of 600 ancient dwellings, some carved directly into the sandstone cliff faces.
- Geological marvels View the unique geology that drew the Ancient Puebloan people to the area protected desert canyons, massive alcoves in the cliff walls, thick bands of sandstone, continuous seep springs, and soils that could be used for both agriculture and architecture.
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