Mesa Verde National Park
Located in Southwestern Colorado near Mancos Colorado, Mesa Verde means “Green Table” in Spanish. Listed as a World Heritage sites. We provide outstanding day Custom Day Tours of Mesa Verde, led by experienced guides who have led thousands of tours at Mesa Verde. With more than 5,000 sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, it is the largest archaeological preserve in the US. Mesa Verde is best known for Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America.
There are five substantial dwellings at Mesa Verde, Balcony House, Cliff Palace, Long House, Spruce Tree House and Step House. The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the North American Continent. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs. The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century. By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.