Junior Ranger Program
Children from age 4 to 12 can become a Junior Ranger at Mesa Verde. Just pick up an activity booklet at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center or the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the park, complete the activities, and take the booklet to any park information center for review. A special Mesa Verde Junior Ranger badge is awarded for a job well done.
Kids of all ages can learn more about Mesa Verde National Park at home. Do you want to know more about Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings, see artifacts left by the Ancestral Puebloans, or discover the types of wildlife found at Mesa Verde? Then click on the links below.
• Ancestral Puebloans of Mesa Verde
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.