Yucca House National Monument
Southwestern Colorado is the location of Yucca House National Monument. Established in 1919, the monument preserves a large, unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan archeological site. Although the style of the buildings at the monument were influenced by the Ancestral Puebloan Culture of Chaco Canyon, the Montezuma Valley was a major population and cultural center of the prehistoric Mesa Verde branch of the Ancestral Puebloan Culture. The Yucca House site is a pristine example of a “valley pueblo.” The monument is small in area, but it harbors an island remnant of mostly natural vegetation that has been protected for many years from the intense grazing and cultivation occurring on many adjacent lands.