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In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

One of the most interesting places I’ve visited in the US is Mesa Verde (Spanish for “green table”) National Park in Colorado. In 1978, Mesa Verde was named a World Heritage Site becauseย of its archaeological and cultural relevance. Itย protects thousands of archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings that became home to Ancestral Puebloans for over 700 years (AD 550 to 1300). Mesa Verde is most well known for structures like Cliff Palace, known to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America and for having the highestย concentrations of archaeological sites in the United States. Mesa Verde is unlike any other national park I’ve visited. Most national parks are dedicated to nature’s wonders whereas Mesa Verde is all about the wonderful works of man.ย The park does an incredible job of creating a link between the past and the present ways of life.

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

Spruce Tree House – the park’s best preserved cliff dwelling

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

Spruce Tree House was constructed between A.D. 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Pueblo people of the Southwest

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas, or ceremonial chambers, built into a natural alcove

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

The Ancestral Pueblo Indians survived using a combination of hunting, gathering and subsistence farming of crops such as corn, beans, and squash

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park

In Photos: Mesa Verde National Park


Information:

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, CO 81330

(970) 529-4465

Website: Mesa Verde National Park


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31 Comments

  1. Elly Leavitt

    July 1, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Your photos are stunning! Looks like a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Thank you Elly! It was a fun and educational trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hilary

    July 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I can only hope to travel there some day!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much Hilary! I hope you get to visit Mesa Verde too!

  3. Valerie

    July 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

    This is so cool .. Great imagery! Love the treehouse ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Brianne Limani

    July 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Your photos are gorgeous. This looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

    – Brianne

  5. Bob B.

    July 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I went there twice as a kid. Great place to visit and learn about early American history.

  6. Brianna

    July 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!!

  7. Heather Denniston

    July 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is so cool. I ma not to far from here right now and my husband and his brother went there a couple years ago and loved it!

  8. Sianna

    July 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    You have great photos, not only in this post but in general! And I find it interesting that your blogging style is very similar to ours – with a focus on more photos.
    This place looks amazing, especially considering it is a world heritage site but not about natural wonders. Thanks for sharing, I haven’t heard about it before.

  9. Adonis Villanueva

    July 2, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Greate post, Janna! I’ve always wanted to photograph the cliff dwellings but never had the chance to. Your pics are keeping high on my radar. Thanks!

  10. LeAnna Brown

    July 2, 2016 at 12:46 am

    When I was a teacher, I used this town when teaching about Native Americans! I’d love to be able to actually visit it myself!

  11. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

    July 2, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Wow that’s incredible. I didn’t know there was anything like that in the US. I love your photos.

  12. Rob

    July 2, 2016 at 2:56 am

    What an interesting place to visit and a great place to take photos. It is nice to see that these buildings have been preserved and protected.

  13. McCool Travel

    July 2, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Gorgeous photos. I visited Mesa Verde back before digital photography so I know my pictures stink. I shall return.

  14. Tuyet

    July 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This looks beautiful. I’ll have to visit there one day. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    July 2, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been fascinated with these cliff dwellings since I was a kid. I actually made a model of one out of Plaster of Paris for a history project! The Native Americans, in general, are so fascinating for their resourcefulness and ingenuity.

  16. Carmen's Luxury Travel

    July 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Oh wow, what a cool place! Bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Marteen

    July 3, 2016 at 3:05 am

    The photos are stunning! This place so interesting. You’re right the majority of the national parks preserve wildlife but I love that this one preserves the culture and history of a specific tribe. I have to put this on my list!

  18. Sara | Belly Rumbles

    July 3, 2016 at 4:02 am

    What a fascinating area. Cliff Palace looks amazing and is definitely somewhere I really want to visit now. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos.

  19. anna

    July 3, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Looks like a great place to visit. I particularly love the fall colors in the backdrop. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 17, 2016 at 1:14 am

      Me too! I love Fall season. No problem at all Anna! Thank you for stopping by

  20. Meg Jerrard

    July 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Looks like a beautiful and fascinating spot – will have to add this to my list of places to visit the next time we hit up the US ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 17, 2016 at 1:14 am

      It really is Meg! Definitely add this to your list. Let me know when you visit the US, I’ll share my favorite spots. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Anita Hendrieka

    July 4, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Wow, I never knew such a place existed in the US! This is fantastic, I love your pictures too!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 17, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Same here Anita! Who knew right? Thanks so much for liking the photos!

  22. Carly Moore

    July 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Wow!! I’ve never heard of this place. I love all the details in the photos. It must have been a very informative trip!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 17, 2016 at 1:13 am

      I’ve never heard of it too till I made this trip to Colorado. It was definitely educational and a unique way to learn about how the dwellings were built.

  23. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren

    July 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This looks like such an interesting place! Great photos, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 17, 2016 at 1:12 am

      It’s really interesting Lauren! You should check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Solomon Rongpi

    August 26, 2016 at 3:41 am

    The photos are really beautiful and terrific!

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