Tag: Four Corners

Home to the Ancestors

I love Mesa Verde … it is one of the wonders of the world. Here, a view of Spruce Tree House, closed, unfortunately, because of a slide into the area. Heavy rains caused it,and I hope it will be repaired soon. No damage was caused to the structure, which dates ca. 1200 a.d., but to the area where tourists – like yours truly – stand. We were there on an early morning, enjoying the quiet of the canyon into which it is built.

Spruce Tree House, ii

Spruce Tree House, ii

Another view of Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park.  Here you can see a ladder leading to an underground chamber, probably a “kiva” used for religious purposes, according to the anthropologists.

Spruce Tree House is the best preserved of all the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.  Because they are made of the local, soft stone, coupled with mud for slurry and covering the stones, the Park Service does routine restorations on all the dwellings.  This keeps them from slowly decaying and dissolving in weather and rain.