Verde National Park is the
first and only National Park established to preserve
the works of people. The culture represented at Mesa
Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. From
approximately A.D. 600 through 1300 people lived and
flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually
building elaborate stone villages in the sheltered alcoves
of the canyon walls.
Listed on the United Nations'
World Heritage Site list of precious natural and cultural
areas, Mesa Verde is a stunning compilation of more
than 3,900 documented archaeological sites. The park's
most famous features are the numerous, tiered Anasazi
cliff dwellings tucked beneath the mesa tops. The park
offers extensive interpretive displays on ancient Puebloan
cultures and ranger-led hikes. Self guided exploration
of stabilized cliff dwellings is also allowed.