"Mesa Verde's Largest Cliff Dwelling
This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10ft (2.6-3m) ladders, on a 100ft (30m) vertical climb. Total walking distance is about 1/4-mile (400m), round-trip. The tour begins at Cliff Palace Overlook, an 8-mile (13km), 20-minute drive from the Visitor Center."
|It was a quick lunch for both of us. We |
arrived at the entrance of the cliff. We
saw a small gate on this stair. These
archaeological sites were well protected
by the park service.
|The view of the entire Cliff Palace. There was a|
group at the site. This scene are all over the
|I didn't remember our ranger's name, just called him |
|The main control gate was at the bottom |
where the trail turned.
|This was a steep and narrow rocky |
stair but it definitely was more safe
than the wooden stairs.
|This trail was curved by the Civilian |
|The ranger "handsome" was very thoughtful to let us |
stay under the shade to listen to his introduction about
The sun was very bright especial this
elevation of 7,000ft (2,134m.)
|The clouds covered the sun. It temperature cooled |
down a little. It was time for us to experience
the ancient dwelling.
|The handmade straight wall|
|The lowest window in this picture |
was the only place that visitors could
touch on the archaeological site. The
wall around the windows was polished
by the human oil and became shining.
Why was it so special?
|This was the only room in the entire|
dwellings in the national park that had
petroglyph on the inside wall.
|Heading back to the rim which was |
their ancient farmlands.
|It was not as dangerous as the 32ft wooden ladder at|
Balcony House. But I still need to be cautious for my
steps. Accident happens when people ignor the
danger and become careless.
|The ancient Puebloans used the |
Juniper tree's trunks to support
their house. It took them about 8
hours to cut the tree trunk
according to the rangers.
|Yucca Plant: leaves for making |
rope; roots were used for detergent for
the ancient Puebloans.
|House of Many Windows|
|We were lucky to see this deer on our way back to |
the Far View Visitor Center.
|We went back to the visitor center again since we |
didn't have time to look around the center.
|Lodge across the visitor center: It might be a good |
idea to stay there one night to watch the sky or
shoot the night sky photos.
|The displays in the center. Of course there was a |
souvenir shop inside.
|This mountain road took us to our hotel.|
|It was a down hill time for this bicyclist.|
|The View of the valley|
"Ninety percent of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings contain 10 rooms or less. One-third have only one or two rooms. This should help to put the more famous cliff dwellings of Cliff Palace (150 rooms), Long House (150 rooms), Spruce Tree House (130 rooms), and Balcony House (40 rooms) into perspective."
|My super was this southwest style salad in McDonald.|
|These are my collections I purchased during the trip.|
|Sunset at Cortez, Co|