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Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings

People enjoy a tour of Mesa Verde National Park.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park, the first national park consciously designed to "preserve the works of man.” Decades later, Mesa Verde remains one of the most spectacular parks anywhere in the world. With over 52,000 acres, it preserves more than 4,500 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, and over 3 million objects in the park’s research collection. Mesa Verde has international status as both a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Recently, Mesa Verde National Park received two Save America's Treasures grants: a $356,350 grant to preserve the archaeological collection and a $1.5 million grant to conserve park cliff dwellings.

Photo: People enjoy a tour of Mesa Verde National Park.
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