Greetings from Mesa Verde National Park!

I'm a travel writer and recently visited Mesa Verde National Park. Writing about it to tell the story of the ancient people who built these amazing cliff dwellings is the kind of thing I love to do. The biggest lesson I took from this visit was how these ancient cliff dwellers were smart enough to build, with no modern tools, something we would be hard pressed to do with what we have today and yet they let their land become over planted, their groups become over populated and when faced with prolonged drought had to leave their homes. If we ignore our population and climate change problems, will we face the same fate?

Sincerely,

Kathleen Walls

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park, featuring over 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people, was deemed so important to preserving cultural history that it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978.

  • State: Colorado
  • Established: 1906
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