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Published: June 29th 2011
The stairway leading down to the Balcony House was quite steep but well built and very safe.
Mesa Verde National Park is one of the premier archeological parks administered by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It is one of 15 national park units in Colorado and nearly 400 nationwide.
On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to preserve the works of ancient man, the first and still the only park of it's kind. Preserved here is extraordinary record of the Ancestral Puebloans who made this place their home for more than 750 years, from A.D. 550 to A.D.1300.
With over 52,000 acres, Mesa Verde preserves and protects nearly 5,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, and over three million objects and archives in the research collection. The dwellings were all hand carved. Stones and mud were all carved and made by hand and laid like brick walls. It has been remarkably preserved.
You are free to climb and hike the trails and ladders to the cliff dwellings and a few must be guided by a park ranger. It is a beautiful park and a must see on your trip to the western part of Colorado.
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