Wednesday, November 14, 2012

National Parks: Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde, CO

Interesting Places I've Visited
Cliff Palace
Mesa Verde, CO
Topic: National Parks 

GPS: N37° 09.981; W108° 28.345

Quick Description: 

The Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

Long Description:

Fourteen hundred years ago an ancient group of Pueblo people began to make their homes in the cliffs of Mesa Verde in southwest Colorado. Their civilization flourished for 700 years - from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300, they then mysteriously disappeared, abandoning their cliff dwellings.

There are over 4,000 known archaeological sites at Mesa Verde, including 600 cliff dwellings. The Cliff Palace is the largest, best known, most easily accessible (provided you can handle the ladders), and most impressive of these sites.

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