• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Be A Junior Ranger

Mesa Verde National Park has a new Junior Ranger Booklet! Follow two new friends, one from the present and one from the past, as they help you explore the park and guide you through the activities. Feel free to download and print a copy of the Junior Ranger booklet prior to your visit, or pick one up when you arrive in the park. After completing the booklet, bring it to any park information center to receive your Mesa Verde Junior Ranger badge. Enjoy!

Booklet cover with illustration of two girls, one from the present and one from the past, interacting in Balcony House.
Click on the image to download a copy of our latest Mesa Verde
Junior Ranger booklet (pdf, 1.7 mb)
NPS/Illustration by Jim Tschetter

Did You Know?

Baron Gustaf Nordenskiold

In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.