Yucca House National Monument in Southwest Colorado is an unspoiled architectural ruins. Those with an interest in archeology and Native American history will want to make this a priority when visiting Mesa Verde National Park. Approximately 900 years ago Yucca house was an Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) village with an estimated population of 13,000. Visitors today will enjoy the experience of discovering the landscape in an unexcavated state much like the United States Geographical surveyors did in the 1870’s.
Getting to Yucca House is part of the adventure and requires travel through private property. See the monument website for specific directions. Stop by the Mesa Verde Park Visitor Center and/or Anasazi Heritage Center to get current information and directions. There are no services such as restrooms or vending available on sight, being prepared is essential to an enjoyable trip.
Upon arriving, visitors will see mounds of rubble which once were pueblos that contained hundreds of rooms. The mounds are now covered with vegetation such as sage, cacti and desert grasses. With careful observation, traces of the Native Village will emerge, providing an educational and wondrous experience of time travel one’s mind.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy songbirds, with the possibility of seeing bobcats and mule deer. Caution is advised as rattlesnakes also inhabit the area. There are also hiking trails nearby, including one to Mud Springs. The view of Montezuma Valley from Yucca House is spectacular and allows for a photo opportunity.
Yucca House National Monument is a “must see” for any amateur or aspiring archaeologist. It is one of the few unspoiled historical ruins in the entire country. The more information gathered prior to visiting the more promising one will have an enjoyable experience.