Visit America’s oldest surviving structures in Mesa Verde National Park

The year was 1100 AD algebra had just been invented, the Vikings were still unpacking in Greenland and in Southwest Colorado, the Ancestral Puebloans were building entire villages within alcoves on sheer cliffs. Now protected as a part of Mesa Verde National Park and a World Heritage Site, these dwellings include the expansive 150-room Cliff Palace and the death-defying Balcony House. Morning and evening tours of the sites leave from the park’s only hotel, Far View Lodge, where you can also find native-inspired cuisine.

( Tom Till )

The year was 1100 AD algebra had just been invented, the Vikings were still unpacking in Greenland and in Southwest Colorado, the Ancestral Puebloans were building entire villages within alcoves on sheer cliffs. Now protected as a part of Mesa Verde National Park and a World Heritage Site, these dwellings include the expansive 150-room Cliff Palace and the death-defying Balcony House. Morning and evening tours of the sites leave from the park’s only hotel, Far View Lodge, where you can also find native-inspired cuisine.

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