Mesa Verde National Park: Deferred Maintenance

Mesa Verde National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see and experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between AD 600 and 1300 when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated from the area. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the park. Hiking and climbing ladders in […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Preserving the Works of Man

Mesa Verde National Park is like traveling back in time. Way back in time. It’s simultaneously a history lesson and an outdoor, hiking adventure for people of all ages and fitness levels. What makes it unique? The shockingly well preserved (and restored) cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Pueblo people between AD 600 and 1300 when […]

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A Journey of Incredible Beauty: Trail of the Ancients

In earlier articles, A Journey Worth Taking: Trail of the Ancients and A Journey of Discovery: Trail of the Ancients, we introduced the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We began our journey of incredible beauty east of Monticello and traveled to Blanding, Natural Bridges National Monument, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: 14 Centuries of History

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 4,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the lives of […]

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5 Can’t-miss National Park Sights

First-time visitors will be in awe when visiting these incredible spots across America’s national parks. Stepping foot inside a national park is like stepping into another planet, it’s just otherworldly. Here’s the one location we recommend first-time visitors see for an unforgettable experience in five of the national parks we have visited. The General Sherman Tree at […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Look Back In Time 1,000 Years

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 5,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the […]

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America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

The past century-and-a-half has seen the creation of two organizations that work together to protect America’s national treasures. After the first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872 to protect the natural beauty of its world-famous geyser basins and wildlife, the U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916—and now oversees the preservation of hundreds […]

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