The Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde, Our Summer Camping Trip
It has been a busy Summer already, always on the go. Wanted to share a 3 day camping drip we had in Dolores, CO. I meet up with my older brother Gary and my son Caleb came along. We decided to make it a yearly tradition to go camping every Summer. This day, we visited Mesa Verde National Park, Cliff Dwellings. We took a guided tour and got to get up close to these amazing natural man made villages.
The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the North American Continent. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs. The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century. By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.