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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Top Sites

The pages listed below provide information about some of the mesa top archeological sites in Mesa Verde National Park. For site locations, go to park maps, or click on the specific map located on each page below. (Note: All maps on the following Mesa Top Sites pages open as pdfs. To get the Free Adobe Reader, which is required to read the pdf files, click here.)
 
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To learn about other types of ancient dwellings, please see the Cliff Dwellings page.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.