Mesa Verde National Park


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Mesa Verde National Park

(mā'sə vûrd`, vûr`dē), 52,122 acres (21,109 hectares), SW Colorado; est. 1906. Set amid forested canyons and flat mesas, the park includes the most notable and best-preserved cliff dwellings (see cliff dwellerscliff dwellers,
Ancestral Pueblo people, sometimes called Anasazi, who were builders of the ancient cliff dwellings found in the canyons and on the mesas of the U.S. Southwest, principally on the tributaries of the Rio Grande and the Colorado River in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah,
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) and relics in the United States. The dwellings span four archaeological periods, from the 1st cent. A.D. to the late 13th cent., when they were abandoned. There are museums and a library. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is to the west. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Bibliography

See D. A. Smith, Mesa Verde National Park (1988).

Mesa Verde National Park

Address:PO Box 8
Mesa Verde, CO 81330

Phone:970-529-4465
Fax:970-529-4637
Web: www.nps.gov/meve/
Size: 52,122 acres.
Established: Established on June 29, 1906 as the first national park set aside to "preserve the works of man". Wilderness designated on October 20, 1976. Designated a World Heritage Site on September 6, 1978.
Location:In southwestern Colorado, midway between Cortez and Mancos, off US 160. It is a 21-mile drive from the entrance to the park headquarters and the Chapin Mesa archeological sites.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), lodging, groceries, restaurants, snack bar, visitor center (é), museum, 5 hiking trails. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, guided and self-guided walks to ruins, stargazing, cross-country skiing and snoeshoeing.
Special Features:Mesa Verde, Spanish for "green table," offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan People who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. The park's world-famous cliff dwellings and other works among the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Most of the park's 600 cliff dwellings were built from the late 1190s to the late 1270s. They range in size from one-room houses to villages of more than 200 rooms (the Cliff Palace).

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