MESA VERDE

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WELCOME TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

Come into Western Colorado, the Scenic Paradise. Stand before the majesty of gigantic panoramas which neither pen nor brush nor film shall ever portray. Come where scenery becomes emotion, an experience, rather than a sight. Let your eyes dwell on a harmony of hues, a melody of metamorphosis, which makes one feel the nearness of all things Eternal; where the eye surfeited with grandeur, carries a vividly sublime glory into your heartand leaves you mute. (Come Into Western Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park Circle Trip Brochure, the Western Colorado Chamber of Commerce, 1920s)

PARK FEATURES

View of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park

CLIFF PALACE

Wetherill Mesa at Mesa Verde National Park

WETHERILL MESA

Long House at Mesa Verde National Park

LONG HOUSE

HISTORIC PHOTOS

Historic black and white photo of man viewing Mesa Verde National Park

In the land of the cliff dwellers. A view of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, taken from about the spot where the Wetherill brothers discovered the cliff dwellings. The dwelling in the rock opposite is called “Spruce Tree House.” It is about two hundred feet long and was found to contain one hundred and fourteen rooms.

Historic black and white photo of Mesa Verde National Park

In the shelter of caves cut into the canyons at Mesa Verde, in southwestern Colorado, are many of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in America. In this setting, the visitor can study the remnants of a departed civilization. (Southwestern States Location Map No. 6 of the National Park System, 1944)

WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK

Witnessing the masterful engineering of these ancient builders makes you never want to take history for granted again. These former-day cliff dwellers somehow crafted an architectural marvel that both remarkably contrasts and perfectly fits the natural landscape surrounding it.

SCENIC HWYS ILLUSTRATIONS

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK: MESA TOP LOOP ROAD

Treacherous roads that were unfit for automobile travel inspired Jesse Nusbaum to improve the quality of tourists’ visits to Mesa Verde National Park. Soon after becoming superintendent in 1921, wagon trails within the park were transformed under his leadership. The Mesa Top Loop Road was created to furnish efficient access to Mesa Verde’s key archeological sites and to provide visitors with amazing canyon views.

Posters are available with fade resistant, UV treated inks on stiff coated paper. They also include a matte UV finish that reduces glare. At 14″ x 22″ it is the perfect size for display.

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