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Far View Visitor Center

Montezuma County

The Far View Visitor Center within Mesa Verde National Park is nationally important for its association with the National Park Service’s national Mission 66 visitor and building improvement program, a system-wide effort to modernize the national parks in the 1950s-60s.

A photo of the Far View Visitor Center in Mesa Verde National Park

Far View Visitor Center

Designed by Colorado architects Joseph and Louise Marlow in 1965 with the input of the NPS Western Office of Design and Construction, Far View Visitor Center is also architecturally important as a circular mid-century Modern Movement design incorporating reference to regional archaeological resources (in particular kivas) as well as design guidelines of the Mission 66 program. Construction of the center was completed in 1967; it opened to the public in June 1970, three years after its completion.