This is the first cultural park set aside in the National Park System. These pre-Columbian cliff dwellings and other works of early people are the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Mesa Verde National Park has: Arces: 52,121.93, Wilderness: 8,100. Mesa Verde National Park preserves a spectacular reminder of the 1,000 year culture of the Ancestral Pueblo
ans, or Anasazi, from the Navaho word that means "ancient". Lodging is available at Far View Lodge, which is closed in winter. Bicycles may be ridden only on established public roads and parking areas. The Far View Visitor Center is open only during the summer from 8:00 am to sunset from mid-April to mid-November (weather permitting); a self-guided tour of mesa top pueblos is available.