Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

Cliff Palace is a complex of cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USA.

After our difficult hike to the petroglyphs we raced down to our campsite for a quick shower, and then raced back up for our scheduled Cliff Palace tour at 5:00.Cliff Dwelling at Colorado's Mesa VerdeThe late afternoon sun really highlighted the ruins of the ‘palace’, the largest group of cliff dwellings in the park.Cliff Palace, a complex of cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park, ColoradoThere were multiple layers to the ruins. The cliff dwellings overlooked several pits and deep within those pits were kivas (ceremonial rooms). This ladder leads up from one of the kivas in Cliff Palace.
Ladder in Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, ColoradoA home within the soaring ceiling of the cliff.
Cliff Dwelling at Colorado's Mesa VerdePurple asters at the edge, pushing their way up through the desert rock.Purple Asters bloom at Colorado's Mesa VerdeYucca and yellow Rabbit Bush.Yucca plant in Mesa Verde, USA


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