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Mesa Verde National Park (U.S.)

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The center of the Milky Way sets over Point Lookout in Mesa Verde National Park. Photo by Jacob W. Frank.

Designated

2021

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 USA

Contact

Spencer Burke
Website
Tel.: +1 970-529-4465

Land Area

82 km2

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Press Release
Annual Reports

About

Mesa Verde National Park comprises 52,253 acres of high mesa in southwestern Colorado, U.S. The park was established in 1906 to protect the rich history and well-preserved archeology of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who inhabited the mesa from around 550 to 1300 CE. It preserves over 5,000 known archeological sites, including mesa-top villages, farming terraces, reservoirs, pictographs and petroglyphs, towers, and cliff dwellings. These cultural sites are some of the most notable and well preserved in the United States. These sites are sacred ancestral homes and often visited by Mesa Verde’s 26 affiliated tribes. Today, Mesa Verde preserves exceptionally dark skies thanks to the park’s remote location, dry climate, and high elevation. 

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