Mesa Verde National Park growing |

Mesa Verde National Park growing

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Colorado ” Mesa Verde National Park in the southwestern corner of the state is bigger by nearly a half square mile.

The $1.6 million acquisition of the 324-acre Henneman family parcel at the entrance to the park was celebrated Saturday with visits by several dignitaries, including Sen. Ken Salazar. The land was transferred to the National Parks Service on July 25.

Salazar, D-Colo., and Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., sponsored the Mesa Verde National Park Boundary Act that was approved in December. It also includes the addition of a 38-acre parcel donated by the Mesa Verde Foundation, right off of U.S. 160.

Mesa Verde contains 82-square miles of mesa tops, canyon alcoves and more than 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans.

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