"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. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States." https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
View the 6 minute park orientation video. https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=1632ACC5-1DD8-B71B-0B44D3B74E6201AB
"Mesa Verde National Park opened its new Visitor and Research Center in mid-December, 2012. This new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, located at the park entrance, replaced the aging Far View Visitor Center as the park's primary facility for orienting visitors to opportunities within the park and surrounding area. It also houses a state-of-the-art research and storage facility for the park's archives and museum collection of over three million objects.
Be sure to make the Mesa Verde Visitor Center your first stop if you wish to visit Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House. If you plan to visit any of these three cliff dwellings, you must purchase tickets here first." https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/meve_vc.htm
See the National Park Service 4 minute video about Cliff Palace. https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=4814CE74-1DD8-B71B-0B3C190C010AD068
"Mesa Verde National Park has partnered with OnCell to build the park’s first mobile app! It contains more than 20 points of interest with GPS-enabled maps and engaging content highlighting natural and cultural features of the park. Free from the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). Cell service and Wi-Fi are limited in the park, so visitors are encouraged to download the app before they arrive. Service is available at the Mesa Verde Visitor Center, located near the park entrance." https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/index.htm