Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Enrichment Package: Activity 1 -- The Future Is In Your Hands
This activity provides a general introduction to the history of the National Park System, the history of Mesa Verde National Park, and explains how students can help protect the park during their visit.
We recommend that you begin by printing this page, or the printer friendly version below. Then you and your students (individually or as a class) can complete the activity questions as you read through Parts 1-3 of the Background Information below.
«Answers to Activity 1: The Future Is In Your Hands»
Did You Know?
Ninety percent of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings contain 10 rooms or less. One-third have only one or two rooms. This should help to put the more famous cliff dwellings of Cliff Palace (150 rooms), Long House (150 rooms), Spruce Tree House (130 rooms), and Balcony House (40 rooms) into perspective.