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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Far View Sites

Near the Chapin Mesa Area (map), Self-Guided, No Fee Required

 
Pueblo site with kiva in foreground at Far View Sites
Far View House at Far View Sites Complex
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Pueblo site at Far View Sites Complex

Far View Sites Complex

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Far View was one of the most densely populated parts of the mesa from A.D. 900 to about A.D. 1300. Nearly 50 villages have been identified within a half square mile area, and were home to hundreds of people. Today, several excavated and stabilized sites are linked by a trail system within a short walking distance. These surface sites include Far View House, Pipe Shrine House, Coyote Village, Far View Reservoir, Megalithic House, and Far View Tower.
 
Far View Sites in snow

Far View Sites in winter

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Ancestral Puebloans were living at Far View at least 200 years before they began building the more famous Mesa Verde cliff dwellings. Excavation also reveals that many Ancestral Puebloans chose to remain in their mesa top community well after many of their neighbors moved into the cliff alcoves.

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.