Mesa Verde Photos Apr28

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Mesa Verde Photos

Having been so intrigued by the Gila Cliff Dwellings, we set out to see more at Mesa Verde.

Our first glimpse of the Mesa

Our first glimpse of the Mesa

About an hour drive from Durango is the Visitor Center for the National Park. There wasn’t a video available, so we picked up a map and headed up the windy mountain roads for another 45 minutes to the trails that lead to the dwellings.

Square Tower House

Square Tower House

View from Sun Temple

Distant view from Sun Temple

Cliff Palace

View from Sun Temple

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace

Balcony House

A view through time

A view through time

Many of the dwellings required a guided escort and were not open for the season. So we began by driving the 6 mile Mesa Top Loop to gather some background information. We saw outhouses & villages and learned more about what archeologists believe to be their way of living.

View of Spruce Tree House from the top of the trail

View of Spruce Tree House from the top of the trail

The hike down to Spruce Tree House

The hike down to Spruce Tree House

Half way there

Half way there

We finished the day hiking a short distance on a self guided tour of Spruce Tree House.

Cheese

Cheese

Ladder leading down to a kiva

Ladder leading down to a kiva

Hanging out in the hood

Hanging out in the hood