Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Ancestral Pueblo peoples (sometimes called the Anasazi) made this their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300.

Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. I made this watercolor painting based on field studies in this enchanted place.

If you’re interested in pre-Columbian cliff dwellings, you’ll want to see my oil painting “Canyon de Chelly Cliff Dwelling.”

The original acrylic painting was sold to a private collector by an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Prints and note cards are available at

This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.