Mesa Verde National Park in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
an apt description for this precarious access into Mesa Verde.
The scenic value of the Knife Edge Road prompted the park to reopen it in 1924, replacing the longer bypass. Although it continued to challenge road crews for the next 30 years, it remained in use until 1957 when the Morefield-Prater tunnel was completed.
Lower left: Celebrating the reopening of the Knife Edge Road in 1924, and the newly graded road into Mesa Verde National Park. — Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Photographic Collections
Right: Spurred by the challenges of providing safe access, the park has made many changes to the main
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
Location. 37° 17.83′ N, 108° 26.475′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker can be reached from Mesa Top Ruins Road (State Highway 10). Marker is located at the Montezuma Valley Overlook, on a trail leading from the overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montezuma Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Mancos Valley (approx. 1.8 miles away); Natural Seep Springs (approx. 2.7 miles away); A Monument to Time (approx. 2.7 miles away); Four Corners (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cortez (approx. 3.9 miles away); Southwest Survival (approx. 3.9 miles away); Mesa Verde Country (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde National Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.