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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Badger House Community

On Wetherill Mesa (map), Self-Guided, No Fee Required

Badger House Pueblo Room Block
Badger House pueblo room block
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Early pithouse (semi-subterranean home) with antechamber in the foreground.  A.D. 650.

Early pithouse (semi-subterranean home) with antechamber in the foreground.  A.D. 650.


The Badger House Community consists of several sites dating from about A.D. 650 to the late 1200s. There are four sites along a paved and gravel walking trail: Modified Basketmaker Pithouse, Developmental Pueblo village, Badger House, and Two Raven House.

Allow approximately 45 minutes to complete the trail. A tram stop is available at trail's end to take visitors back to the parking area. The tram will take visitors to the overlooks of Kodak House and Long House before returning to the main parking area.

Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.