Sunset Award Winner for Best Cultural Attraction

Sunset Award Winner for Best Cultural Attraction


Sunset Magazine

Mesa Verde has been voted Sunset Travel Award's 2015 Winner for Best Cultural Attraction

In the dramatic high desert of southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde seems custom-built for bucket lists: a series of mysteriously abandoned, beautifully preserved pueblos that reflect the daily life, religious traditions, and architectural achievements of the Ancestral Puebloans.


A.D.550 Ancestral Puebloans establish first pit houses atop easily defended mesas.
1100 - Late 1200 More than 600 adobe and cut-stone cliff dwelings built, such as the 150-room Cliff Palace.
1270 - 1300 Inhabitants migrate south, leaving behind villages, farm structures, storage units, and ceremonial kivas.
1906 Teddy Roosevelt establishes national park to protect some 4,700 archaeological sites.
1978 Park named one of 12 original World Heritage Sites as a “living link” to the past.