Picture Postcard – Mesa Verde National Park

Ancestral Puebloan people occupied this area of southwest Colorado for over 700 years leaving behind amazing buildings and more questions than answers.

Mesa Verde National Park protects the archaeological treasures and presents them to the public in a variety of experiences. It is a bit of a climb down to the Cliff Palace but the trek is worth it for visitors on the Ranger-guided tours. Tucked under a ledge, Cliff Palace is the largest of the pueblo sites in the park. These buildings were occupied for only a century or so before the entire population departed around 1300 AD without definitive clues as to why they left.




Welcome to a new series of travel postcards that I’ll be posting once a week. Click on the card for a larger view.