The park contains more than 5,000 archaeological sites, an incredible number that includes more than 600 cliff dwellings, and about 8,500 acres of protected wilderness.

With bipartisan support from Colorado’s congressional delegation, in 2007 we assisted the National Park Service in adding more than 320 acres to the park, ensuring that visitors to Mesa Verde will enter the park through preserved and scenic land. This addition to the Park contains Ancestral Puebloan sites, an old growth pinyon-juniper forest, a major wildlife corridor, and the largest recorded population of the globally imperiled Gray’s Townsend daisy.

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