It occupies 81.4 square miles (211 square kilometers) close to the Four Corners and features numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the Ancestral Puebloan people called the Anasazi.
There are over 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people at the site.
The Anasazi inhabited Mesa Verde between 600 to 1300. They were mainly subsistence farmers, growing crops on nearby mesas. Their primary crop was corn, the major part of their diet. Men were also hunters, which further increased their food supply. The women of the Anasazi were famous for their basket weaving. Anasazi pottery is as famous as their baskets; their artifacts are highly prized. The Anasazi kept no written records.
By 750, the people were building mesa-top villages made of adobe. In the late 1190s, they began to build the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is famous.
|Mesa Top Village|
|Square Tower House|
|Oak Tree House|
|Entry to the Park|