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I been noticing lately just how many foriegn visitors make it a point to visit Mesa Verde!   It seems like 3/4 of the folks I speak with are from someplace else than America.   I am sorta relieved when someone walks up to me and can speak english fluently :-)   I hope this doesn't come across wrong .... I appreciate all these visitors from other lands, and I hope they have a great time at Mesa Verde.  It's just curious that more Americans haven't figured out what most Europeans and Asians seem to already know ..... Mesa Verde is a very special place that NEEDS to be seen.  I think the fact that it is a World Heritage Site might explain why so many foriegners know of it and want to include it as part of their USA visit.    For all you Americans out there ..... ya might consider giving Mesa Verde and it's cliff dwellings a visit sometime......and re-discover one of our most interesting and valuable National Parks.   Ranger Rich

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Comment by Ryan & Nicole on January 2, 2012 at 12:48pm

You posted this months ago, but I felt compelled to comment. I couldn't agree with you more. It has been my experience that most Americans do not know this park even exists. Internationals make up the highest visitor population. They actually learn about the dwellings in school in large areas of Europe. Local kids in Colorado of course do to, but I'm not sure how many others besides that. I know personally I learned about Mesa Verde just after high school when I started to develop a passion for learning about early North American cultures. When we decided to leave IL and begin working in the park none of our family and friends had ever heard of it (actually a couple of people did...but they also lived in Colorado for a long time).

It's sad, but this isn't just a problem for this national park. We worked just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer. None of our family in the Midwest knew what it was or were it was. It's hard to believe that no one has heard of a barely dormant volcano that erupted less then 100 years ago.. Once again the vast majority of visitors seemed to be Internationals.

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