Mesa Verde Could be Expanded

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Mesa Verde National Park, Colo. (AP) A bill meant to protect the scenic beauty at the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park is moving through Congress.

Under the measure sponsored by Senators Wayne Allard, a Republican, and Ken Salazar, a Democrat, 324 privately owned acres at the northeastern corner near the entrance would be acquired and incorporated into the park.

Another 38 acre parcel donated by the Mesa Verde Foundation would also be added to the park.

Mesa Verde contains 52,073 acres of mesa tops, canyon alcoves and more than 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the ancestral Puebloans.

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