Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a Land of Mysteries

June 23, 2008, 7:25 am
The story of Mesa Verde so intrigues visitors that few walk away without having pondered its mysteries: Why did the people who lived here build their homes in the cliff alcoves, and why did they suddenly disappear? The theories range from the mundane to the dramatic. •Perhaps the ancestral Puebloan people (sometimes called Anasazi) moved from the mesa top to carve new homes out of the cliff sides because they were protecting themselves from an enemy. •Perhaps they sought the shelter of the cliffs from winter’s cold and summer’s heat (the cliff dwellings are warmer in winter, and cooler than the mesa top in summer). •Or maybe, after a lengthy drought, people moved off the top to cultivate every usable inch of land.