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.|