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.
Tag: Four Corners
Looking back toward the Mancos Valley, before seeing any cliff dwellings, this is the view from Mesa Verde, a tall outcrop above the valleys below. Click through to see the snow on the distant mountains. Brrr!
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.
The high desert is a place filled with a variety of plants and geological formations. Right now, we are in the 4 Corners area, about 20 miles outside of Durango, Colorado. Here is a plant I found underneath the pinon and juniper trees.