Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park mā˝sə vûrd´, vûr´dē [key], 52,122 acres (21,109 hectares), SW Colorado; est. 1906. Set amid forested canyons and flat mesas, the park includes the most notable and best-preserved cliff dwellings (see cliff dwellers ) and relics in the United States. The dwellings span four archaeological periods, from the 1st cent. AD to the late 13th cent., when they were abandoned. There are museums and a library. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is to the west. See National Parks and Monuments (table).
See D. A. Smith, Mesa Verde National Park (1988).
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