Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado, April 2006 - Page H
Mesa Verde is celebrating its centennial as a national park this year. It is the home a many different
ancient dwellings of the ancestral Puebloan people (often called the Anasazi). These communities
flourished over 800 years ago. The elevation of the top of the mesa is over 7,000 feet.
These pictures are all from the overlook.
This is a ruin on the far wall.
On the right side of this picture you can see some of the
people climbing the ladders to go back to the mesa top.
This area is called the Kokopelli House.
The following pictures are from inside the Cliff Palace alcove.
According to the ranger, approximately 75% of the structure is
in its original condition. They have had to make some repairs. These small discs are color samples for
when repairs are necessary.
The Nez family enjoying the view of the Kiva and the ranger's lecture.
Air entered the kiva from a hole in the wall to the right.
This small wall helped to divert to air around the kiva. This was done to aid in circulation of the air.
Smoke went out through a hole in the roof.
One last picture before it is time to climb back
up to the top of the mesa.
Some of these grooves on the left were the original hand and footholds
carved into the cliffside so the inhabitants could climb up to the top.
Cedar Tree Tower
We actually had some snow as we were leaving the park. It is a bit hard to see in these pictures.
The snow clouds over Cortez, Colorado.
The sun through the clouds.
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