When I was in the sixth grade, my Dad took me on a road trip through the Four Corners area to visit the Ancestral Puebloan cities that span the region from northwest Arizona to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The majesty and sophistication of these ancient cities, preserved for almost one thousand years in the canyons fringing the southern rim of the Colorado Plateau, forever changed my understanding of Native American cultures.

One of the greatest of the Ancestral Pueblo metropolises, Mesa Verde in the southwest corner of Colorado, needs our help. The cost of admission to Mesa Verde only covers a portion of the total cost to preserve and maintain public access, and as we all know, Federal funding at the level needed to do the job right is never guaranteed.

Today, we’re supporting our friends at the Mesa Verde Foundation with their petition drive to create a Mesa Verde Colorado license plate, to raise both funds and awareness to protect this priceless cultural resource. Mesa Verde Foundation’s goal is to collect 3,000 petition signatures from registered Colorado motor vehicle owners in support of legislation in 2019 for a Mesa Verde license plate.

If you’re a Colorado resident who owns a registered motor vehicle in the state, click here to sign a petition in support of a Mesa Verde National Park license plate. The Mesa Verde Foundation will only share your information with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state legislature.

Thanks for taking this small but important action to protect Mesa Verde for our kids, and their kids.


Alan Franklin