Mesa Verde is a national park/monument of Pueblo cliff dwellings. Scientists date the dwellings back to the 1200's. There are apparently over 600 dwellings in the cliffs around Mesa Verda and the smaller surrounding mesas within the park. We were able to get into 3 of them and see just a couple more from lookout points on the road.
The first night, we headed up to the Spruce Tree House. It was a self-guided tour, and was really neat.
|looking down onto Spruce Tree House|
|the main plaza|
|Jay inside the kiva|
|looking back up the ladder|
|here comes Jay!!|
|following the leader...|
|tiny space to get through!|
|looking up at the wall|
|look! I found our next camp spot ;)|
On the way we got to see the House of Many Windows (thank goodness for zoom on the camera!)
|ladder leading up to Balcony House|
|a small portion of Balcony House|
|looking down on Cliff Palace|
|the round holes are uncovered kivas!|