Archaeological Sites

Archaeological Sites


Bringing History to the Present

Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve archaeological sites built by the Ancestral Puebloans. Currently Mesa Verde has over 4,700 archaeological sites with many more yet to be revealed. The mission of the archaeological program at Mesa Verde National Park is to conduct, encourage, and facilitate archaeological and ethnographic research focused on prehistoric and historic occupations in Mesa Verde. Additionally, the program links research results to the regional histories of northern San Juan and greater Southwest.

Resource management staff’s focus is to enhance and share knowledge and facts of the Ancestral Puebloan culture, and to ensure that archaeological sites and dwellings are preserved for the benefit of future generations. This mission will be accomplished by maintaining a highly trained and diverse staff in support of site preservation and quality archaeological research that sustains current and future goals and objectives.

Visit the National Park Service's Preservation of Mesa Verde's Archaeological Sites for more information.