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  • Chapin Mesa Museum - Mesa Verde National Park
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  • Spruce Tree House - Mesa Verde National Park
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  • Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde National Park
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Favorite thing: There are way more ancient dwellings; cliff dwellings, old pueblos, remains of pit houses, etc than most people think scattered throughout the western part of the United States. I find all of them fascinating and have explored many of them. Mesa Verde is one of the finest examples of ancient dwellings I have seen. The history of these dwellings began around 1400 years ago when a group of these ancient peoples inhabited the area now known as Four Corners (where Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico meet) and decided to build a community in Mesa Verde. This community thrived for over 700 years. Dwellings are situated all throughout the cliffs and canyons in the park. At 28 feet in height, the 4 story "Square Tower" is the tallest structure in the park. It was once part of a large 80 room structure complete with 7 kivas (sacred ceremonial rooms). Several of the sites are available to explore using self-guided or ranger-guided tours. Hikes range from short and easy to long strenuous hikes. A good place to get an overview of the history of the peoples and structures associated with Mesa Verde is the Chapin Mesa Museum located near the Spruce Tree House. They also have an extensive library for those looking to do more in-depth research.

Fondest memory: The Chapin Mesa Museum was fascinating. I also really enjoyed touring the Spruce Tree House and the Successive Villages Area.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 5, 2011
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