About the National Park of Mesa Verde

About the National Park of Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde National Park is a park located in the southwestern portion of Colorado between the towns of Mancos and Cortez. The park is an archeological preservation of some 600 cliff dwellings in which the Pueblo people lived in until the early 1300s.

History

The Pueblo people called the Mesa Verde region home for some 700 years, carving out complex homes in the stone of the canyon walls. President Theodore Roosevelt established the park in 1906 to preserve these dwellings.

Wildlife

In addition to the Audubon Society designating the park as a Colorado Important Bird Area, there are many types of mammals in the park such as coyotes, foxes and black bears.

Park Point

The highest ground in the park is the 8,467-foot Park Point, which offers hikers and tourists a spectacular view in all directions billed as one of the greatest in the nation.

Hiking

Hikers must stick to the designated trails within the park but there are several of them, including the nearly eight-mile long Prater Ridge Trail.

Balcony House

There are ranger-guided tours of cliff dwellings such as Balcony House, a 40-room dwelling excavated by archeologists in 1910.

Size

While most of the cliff homes have less than 10 rooms, some like the incredibly detailed Cliff Palace and Long House contain 150 rooms.

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