Mesa Verde Wilderness

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Mesa Verde Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Mesa Verde Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mesa Verde Wilderness
LocationMontezuma County, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityCortez, CO
Coordinates37°15′52″N 108°22′52″W / 37.26444°N 108.38111°W / 37.26444; -108.38111Coordinates: 37°15′52″N 108°22′52″W / 37.26444°N 108.38111°W / 37.26444; -108.38111[1]
Area8,500 acres (3,440 ha)
EstablishedOctober 20, 1976
Governing bodyNational Park Service

Mesa Verde Wilderness is a 8,500-acre (3,440 ha) wilderness area located within Mesa Verde National Park in the U.S. state of Colorado.[2]

These three small and separate sections of the National Park are located on the steep north and east boundaries and serve as buffers to further protect the significant Native American sites. Unlike most wilderness areas, visitor access to Mesa Verde Wilderness is prohibited.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Mesa Verde Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Mesa Verde Wilderness". Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mesa Verde Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 11, 2012.