Mesa Verde National Park is one of the rare national parks that not only preserve nature, but also preserve ancient cultures. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde protects over 5,000 archeological sites while offering an intimate look into the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived in the southwest Colorado region.
In 2016, over 583,000 people visited the national park. Unfortunately, some visitors this year have decided to vandalize these ancient relics. Mesa Verde National Park used Facebook last Friday to highlight some of these recent atrocities and to educate the public on preventing these actions from occurring in the future.
In seven photos posted to Facebook, Mesa Verde National Park goes through an array of incidents and the repercussions of each. In many cases, not only are natural features like rocks and cliffsides ruined, but cultural artifacts as well.