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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

For Kids

AT THE PARK

Becoming a Junior Ranger

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.



Mesa Verde Junior Ranger Station with kids participating in games and activities.

Junior Ranger Station

Visit the Mesa Verde Junior Ranger Station at the Chapin Mesa Museum for some extra Junior Ranger fun. Learn more about the Ancestral Pueblo people with kid-friendly hands-on activities. This is a great place to be sworn in as a Mesa Verde Junior Ranger and receive your badge. Open June 12 to August 16, 2014, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (earlier when staffing allows).



Junior Naturalist Discovery Backpack and Activity Sheet

Discovering Morefield Campground

Camping is a wonderful time to discover the natural side of Mesa Verde. For a fun, family-oriented way to explore your natural surroundings, pick up a Junior Naturalist Activity Booklet and check-out a Discovery Pack filled with kid-friendly field guides, binoculars, hand lens, Native American storybook, and a "My Mesa Verde Memories" logbook. Available for free check-out at the Morefield Campground Ranger Station from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm through September 1, 2014.



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AT HOME

Hey Kids! Want to try out some activities you can do right at home? Just follow this Park Fun link, print your favorite activity pages, and have fun as you learn about Ancestral Puebloan Life at Mesa Verde!

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.

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.