About 1400 years ago, long before any European exploration of the New World, a
group of Indians living in the Four Corners region chose Mesa Verde for their
home. For over 700 years their descendants lived and flourished here, eventually
building elaborate stone cities in the sheltered recesses of the canyon walls. Then
in the late 1200’s, within the span of one or two generations, they abandoned their
homes and moved away.
Crossing an imaginary boundary into the region known as the American
Southwest, you enter a place as culturally different from the rest of the U.S. as
Asia or Egypt. For more than a millennium, various Indian cultures have lived,
worked, worshipped, and died here, bestowing a distinctive ambiance to the land.
And yet, both the people and their beliefs are truly “Native American.”
The Four Corners area is a melange of sights and experiences. In a single
day, you can drive through miles of empty silence, broken only by bo...