View of Cliff Palace in Colorado.
National Park Service

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Go back in time at Mesa Verde National Park. The park protects nearly 5,000 archaeological sites, preserving the heritage of the ancestral Pueblo people. The Pueblo settled in the region about 1,400 years ago and built cliff dwellings using sandstone and wooden beams. Mesa Verde is home to the Cliff Palace. It’s the largest such dwelling in North America. The Cliff Palace has 150 rooms and was once home to more than 100 people. Today, visitors can join a park ranger for a guided tour of the structure. —Rebecca Mordechai

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