A seep near the back alcove wall provided water. There also are springs along the base of the nearby cliff.
On your way from entrance to Visitor Center there is Montezuma Valley Overlook.
Fantastic view from the top of the mountain on valley.
This Museum includes Archeological findings from the sites and exhibits on the different types of settlements in the area. Admission is free.
The tour is 1 hr and includes some moderate hiking into and out of the Palace dwelling. It allows you to get up close to the ruins.
definitely do it.
It helps you imagine what it must have been like to live in Mesa Verde.
"Kiva". Ceremonial underground chamber used for weaving and other domestic activities
The museum at Mesa Verde is located near the Spruce Tree House Ruins. A great place to go to get information on the historical background on the area
Point Lookout is about 2 miles from US Rotue 160. Here there is a great panaramic view of the nearby San Juan Mountains. It is a nice 5 minute stop on the way to the dwellings of Mesa Verde.
In the photo you can see how Oak Tree House was built under the natural arch roof (alcove) at below the ground level (mesa-top). It has 50 rooms, and 7 kivas (Hopi word for "ceremonial room").