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Mesa Verde Tours
Mesa Verde Tours
Metate Room Restaurant
Metate Room Restaurant
Ancient pottery
Ancient pottery
Ancient drawings
Ancient drawings
Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad
Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad
Ancient pottery and jewlery
Ancient pottery and jewlery
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwelling
Cliff dwelling
Arrowheads found at Mesa Verde
Arrowheads found at Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde Guided Tours
Mesa Verde Guided Tours
Family Picnic
Family Picnic
Far View Lodge
Far View Lodge
Front Lobby
Front Lobby
Kiva Room
Kiva Room
Camping
Camping
Scenic Views
Scenic Views
Hiking
Hiking
Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle Riders
Mesa Verde Tours
Mesa Verde Tours
Mesa Verde Tours
Mesa Verde Tours
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad
Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad
Mesa Verde Guided Tours
Mesa Verde Guided Tours
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Ladder in cliff dwelling
Ladder in cliff dwelling
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwellings
Cliff dwelling
Cliff dwelling
Couple Dining
Couple Dining
Scenic Views
Scenic Views
Family Picnic
Family Picnic
Scenic Views
Scenic Views
Scenic Views
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Statement of Significance

FarViewSites-.jpgThe Mesa Verde landscape in the American southwest is considered to be the site of the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan culture, which lasted for some nine hundred years from c 450 to 1300, on this plateau in southwest Colorado at an altitude of more than 2600 meters (8,500 feet). There is a great concentration of spectacular Pueblo Indian dwellings. Some 600 ‘cliff dwellings’ have been recorded within Mesa Verde National Park, including the famous multi-storey ones such as Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Square Tower House, built of sandstone and mud mortar, and an additional 4100 archaeological sites have been discovered. New discoveries are routinely made.

The exceptional archaeological sites (ruins) of the Mesa Verde landscape provide eloquent testimony to the ancient cultural traditions and history of Native American tribes. They represent a graphic link between the past and present ways of life of the Puebloan Peoples of the American southwest.

In 1978, Mesa Verde National Park was named a World Heritage Site in recognition of its exceptional archaeological relevance – including its spectacular cliff dwellings tucked into the sandstone alcoves of its steep-walled canyons.

These fascinating cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Puebloans (previously known as the Anasazi) in the late 12th and 13th centuries. Guided tours are available for park visitors. Additionally, many prehistoric villages and archaeological sites found on mesa tops, provide a link to North America's prehistoric past.

For more about Mesa Verde’s World Heritage status, visit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (UNESCO)

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