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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.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

These pictures are all from the overlook.
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
This is a ruin on the far wall.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
On the right side of this picture you can see some of the people climbing the ladders to go back to the mesa top.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
This area is called the Kokopelli House.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



The following pictures are from inside the Cliff Palace alcove.
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
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.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
The Nez family enjoying the view of the Kiva and the ranger's lecture.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
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.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin



Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
One last picture before it is time to climb back up to the top of the mesa.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
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.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin








Cedar Tree Tower
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin








We actually had some snow as we were leaving the park. It is a bit hard to see in these pictures.
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
The snow clouds over Cortez, Colorado.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin
The sun through the clouds.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colorado by Phil Konstantin










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