The Mesa Verde National Park (750-1300 AD) contains spectacular sandstone canyons with gravity defying cliff dwellings, nearly 5,000 archeological sites, and miles of beautiful road. Mesa Verde, a Complete Guide is a guide that helps you explore the Mesa Verde Park to its maximum--intellectually, physically, and photographically. Chaco Canyon Park (700-1140 AD) boasts five story, 850 room buildings with beautiful decorative stonework from the ancestral Pueblo people that inhabited that land. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the companion guidebook to Chaco Canyon, that contains easy to follow maps, schedules and information about the facilities, accessibility, hiking, biking, and camping to make your visit more pleasurable at any time of year. Both guidebooks provide invaluable information into the Native American cultures, geology, plants, animals, and archeological sites for Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde National Park.
Gian Mercurio and Maxymilian Peschel worked at Mesa Verde National Park for over 20 years as rangers and curators. Both have authored several works on the Southwest and Native Americans. They travel to national parks and archeological sites all over the world for their research.