NileGuide Expert Says:
Only national park created to preserve spectacular cultural, rather than natural, resources
81330 Canyonlands National Park,
NileGuide Expert tip:
For free tickets to popular sites such as Cliff Palace, turn up at the visitor center *before* it opens that day in order to make sure you get a space
Mesa Verde is Spanish for green table. The imposing mesas upon which this national park is located certainly look just like that. Ancestral Pueblo people, also sometimes called Anasazi, lived here for over 700 years, "disappearing" around A.D. 1300. Among their descendants are today's Pueblo people, such as Hopi and Zuni. You can find over 4,000 archeological sites here, although not all of them are open to the public. But the best ones are! Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House, and more can be viewed. Most of them include ranger guiding and interpretation.