Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park, established in 1906, is located in southwestern Colorado. The park protects nationally significant archeological sites constructed by Ancestral Puebloans, from about 400-1,300 A.D., on the area’s mesa tops and canyon cliffs. Mesa Verde is also recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site. Nearly 600 cliff-side locations of the towns, villages, and storage areas of the Ancestral Puebloans are found at Mesa Verde. Recently discovered evidence also points to the occupation of the area by nomadic hunting people of the Middle Archaic stage, dating back to about 1,500 B.C. The park also includes designated wilderness areas. The variety of habitats at the park supports a great diversity of wildlife. The Mancos River in and around the park contains only native fish species, and is the only Colorado riverway with this distinction.