1) On June 29, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a Bill creating the Mesa Verde National Park.
2) There are more than 4,000 archeological sites in Mesa Verde National Park, of which 600 are documented cliff dwellings.
3) Mesa Verde is Spanish for “green tableland”.
4) Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning “enemy ancestors.” Recently the term has been replaced with “ancestral puebloans”.
5) Mesa Verde National Park contains 52,073 acres over 81.4 square miles.
6) The Anasazi began to drift into the Mesa Verde area 1,400 years ago, flourishing for the next 700 years until mysteriously disappearing.
7) It wasn’t until 1971 that the first woman was allowed to take law enforcement training and carry a gun. And it wasn’t until 1978 that women gained the right to wear the “man’s” uniform, badge, and “Smokey Bear” hat.