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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Children, past and present, are represented at Balcony House

Selection of artwork, “Through a Child’s Eyes,” courtesy of the Mesa Verde Museum Association.

Jim Tschetter, artist

A field trip to Mesa Verde National Park and exploration of its resources gives students an opportunity to form their own intellectual and emotional connections to our shared cultural heritage.
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There are many things you can do at Mesa Verde to help your students experience the natural and cultural resources of the park.

  • Plan a visit to a cliff dwelling, the ancient homes of Ancestral Puebloans who once lived in Mesa Verde;
  • Explore the museum and discover the tools, clothing, and other objects used as they went about their day-to-day activities;
  • Drive the Mesa Top Loop to see archeological sites of even earlier homes of pithouses and pueblos;
  • Hike a trail to experience the Mesa Verde environment;
  • View the movie, "Mesa Verde: Legacy of Stone and Spirit" to better understand the story of the Ancestral Puebloans who made this remote, high plateau their home over 700 years ago.


The "For Teacher" web pages provide information and links to help you:


Please use the links in the left-hand navigation and take advantage of all that Mesa Verde can offer!

Did You Know?

A view from Park Point overlook

Park Point, the highest elevation in the park (8427 ft/2569 m), has a 360 degree panoramic view that is considered one of the grandest in the country.