Mesa Verde is a very good example of how preservation efforts often ruin that which they are attempting to preserve. It reminded me of the time we went to Rome and saw the Colliseum for the first time – ladders and scaffoldings, chains, bathrooms and gift shops filled this over trafficked ancient land.
The real problem is that people can’t be trusted to respect the land and the history therefore the state has to intervene with bureaucratic decision making and we are forced to experience it through a channel that is unnatural. So any spiritual energies that might have remained are very difficult to tap into.
While Mesa Verde was interesting enough on it’s own the experience was so infested by this American touristic cliche that we found it to be far too overwhelming and hard to have any personal connection to it. It brings back the idea that the people really do make the place and although it’s historical and very amazing to see that feeling does not always remain the same.