Mesa Verde is a National Park at the intersection of four states (Utah, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico). I was on a road trip around Southern Utah and stumbled upon it, high up on a ledge with greenery way, way down below.
“Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300.” —Wikipedia
While I recommend the National Park Service guided tour, I wish the Park Service would ask its historians to suggest their best guesses about the people who had lived there. What would these “cliff dwellers” think about our modern world? (About our elevators?) What do their ghosts think of the visitors at this national park? (Probably that we are a bunch of couch potatoes.) And what did they think of the petroglyphs? (Were they modern art, road markers or graffiti?)
The quality and breadth of the site was impressive. The ancient structures looked sleek. Mesa Verde is where I first realized that the USA does have ancient ruins. From then on, when foreign visitors mentioned how none of our country’s historical sites were very old, I would be ready for them.
And if you are a bee, then Mesa Verde is still a thriving home.
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