A History of
Art and Culture

More than a recreational playground, Mesa Verde Country is a land filled with rich history and cultural importance. A visit here lends abundant opportunities to immerse yourself in culture - where past and present meet in the shadow of the Sleeping Ute Mountain

Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloans did not become a lost civilization. They are alive and well, their descendants living in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Although times have changed since they left their cliff dwellings, a cultural continuum can be traced over 2,000 years.

Attend one of the free Traditional Native American Dances at the Cortez Cultural Center to witness this thriving culture. In addition to the dances, the center holds educational Native American programs, including fascinating lectures by a Navajo Code Talker. 

Arts & Culture