A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa ... More
A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms.
As a young child (9 or 10?) I remember the mummified woman, I believe her name was Esther, they had her displayed toward the back of the museum. I took one look at her, covered my mouth and ran outside and threw up. Strange how your mind makes these moments postcard memories that you just can't shake, that was back in '65 or 66?
Mesa Verde was far larger and more extensive than I ever realized. The human park service guides and signage are very helpful and informative. The views just from the roads and easy to reach sites are incredible and so can be experienced by all levels of health and athletic ability. If you wish to take more strenuous hikes even more can be experienced. I'd go back in a minute and next time spend more than a day!
We have the cliff dwellings here. Which if all you see are a few photos can be easily mistaken. They look very similar. My nephew (keep in mind he is 8) thought they were the same after looking at the pics here.
It is near the town of Cortez Colorado,the first time I went they had a mummified Indian woman in a glass case in the museum part of the tour ,that was like 1970 ,I went back again years later and no mummy,I ask where is the mummy the guy said that they had to take it off display because the Indians said it was not respectful of their dead.
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