Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Mesa Verde National Park
USA locator map
Location Colorado, USA
Nearest city Cortez, CO
Area[1] 52,485 acres (212.4 km²)
{52,216 acres (211.3 km²) federal}
Established June 29, 1906
Visitors[2] 541,102 (in 2007)
Governing body U.S. National Park Service
Entrance fee $5/person or $10/vehicle (low)
$8/person or $15/vehicle (high)
for 7 days
Website NPS - Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde - A view inside Oak Tree house on Chapin Mesa

Mesa Verde National Park is located in Southwestern Colorado. Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

See also


  1. NPS Listing of Acreage 9/30/2008
  2. NPS Reports -> Ranking Report -> 2007

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