Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado encompasses about 4,000 prehistoric sites of the Anasazi people. The area is also famed for its splendid natural landscape and other archeological treasures. Find out more about Mesa Verde by taking this quiz.
Question 1 of 20
Which people once inhabited the Mesa Verde National Park area?
Question 2 of 20
When is the Far View Visitor Center open?
Question 3 of 20
Aside from the Visitor Center, what other services are offered at Mesa Verde?
Question 4 of 20
What is the meaning of the Navajo name "Anasazi"?
Question 5 of 20
Why are the cliff dwellings well preserved at Mesa Verde?
Question 6 of 20
What animals can you see in the high meadows?
Question 7 of 20
From studying the structure and state of the ruins, what do we know about the ancient inhabitants?
Question 8 of 20
How did the natural alcoves for dwelling areas get formed in ancient times?
Question 9 of 20
One novelist is reported to have experienced the Anasazi ruins as "more like sculpture than anything else." Who was the novelist?
Question 10 of 20
What makes the cliff dwelling known as "Cliff Palace" unique?
Question 11 of 20
Which of these lends itself to a self-guided tour?
Question 12 of 20
What did the Anasazi people harvest from the Gambel oak trees?
Question 13 of 20
What is the origin of the name "Spruce Tree House"?
Question 14 of 20
What was the nature of Balcony House's natural defense?
Question 15 of 20
For how long has Mesa Verde been inhabited?
Question 16 of 20
What did the early inhabitants of Mesa Verde engage in?
Question 17 of 20
By the eighth century A.D., the inhabitants were building houses with poles and mud. What were their "apartment buildings" called?
Question 18 of 20
Why did the mesa people move down into cliff recesses in 1200 A.D.?
Question 19 of 20
What were the kivas (underground chambers) used for?
Question 20 of 20