Mesa Verde was home to the ancestral Pueblo people, who lived there from 600 to 1300 AD.
We toured the Spruce Tree House on our own.
|Spruce Tree House - the best preserved of all of the cliff dwellings|
Then we joined up with a larger group for a Ranger-led guided tour of the Cliff Palace.
|I included this shot - same view as the 1st photo - to give|
perspective on how large the structure is.
|Ever resourceful, the builders used any convenient materials|
to chink and shore up the building structure...including
used corn cobs.
|30-foot ladder to access the site|
|Balcony House is so-named because of the balconies|
within the dwelling
|These pits are called "kivas." They were underground |
ceremonial and family spaces, and would have originally had wooden
roofs. Roofs were plastered, forming a nice plaza at surface level.
|The tour included a tight tunnel to get from one side|
of the site to the other (and the exit!).
|The most challenging part of the tour was the |
rock face hike out. Yikes!
I would encourage you to put Mesa Verde on your list of must-see places in the world. UNESCO has...and for good reason. It is a unique and very special place.