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    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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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?

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.