Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Visions of the Southwest: History and Culture of the Ancient Puebloans' Cliff Dwellings~ Mesa Verde National Park WW/ WWRW

Ah Colorado!
The Rockies, the beauty, the nature, the culture!
In the southwestern corner of the state, lies a gem, not highly visited,
yet  brimming with untapped legends and culture.

Mesa Verde National Park,
was the gorgeous setting of the Pueblo people
 for 700 years....
from about 600 A.D to about 1300 A.D.!
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table,
is the largest archaeological preserve in the USA
 and includes over 500 cliff dwellings!

Cliff Palace up close:

Below is a kiva, a room the Pueblos used for religions rituals.

In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt established
 Mesa Verde National Park to "preserve the works of man," 
which was the first national park of 
an archaeological nature.

 How amazing  and surreal, really,
to have the privilege of walking through the
homes and cities of the ancients!
Here are the boys on a ladder through the
largest and most intact  ( and most famous)
of all the ruins in the park, Cliff Palace.

It was about 110 degrees as we were walking through the palace!
How on earth did the ancients, 1000 years ago,
without benefit of technology, air conditioning and
other amazing modern conveniences, stand it?
Simply amazing to put ourselves in their places,
if only for an afternoon!

The kids always do work for the national parks' Junior Ranger programs.
This summer alone, they earned 17 badges as we traveled
 park to park across the country.
Here's my youngest, noting info in his Jr Ranger book
more commonly known as tree ring dating!

 Junior Ranger swearing-in~ 

Would you like some in depth info
 and activities on the Pueblos' culture?
Mesa Verde National Park's site
host a wealth of fascinating  material.

We also found these titles to be invaluable resources
as we learned a bit about our ancient
American ancestors prior
to our trip west:

The Pueblo Indians: In Story, Song and Dance

And one of my all-time, forever favorites:
(Which is not about the Pueblos, but still beautiful)


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thank you for stopping over and 
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I'm happy to link this post to Jessica's What We're Reading Wednesday


  1. Beautiful photos! That looks like so much fun! I'd love to take our boys to see that part of the country someday. Thanks for letting us tag along. :)

    1. Thanks so much, Rita!! I appreciate your visit...and I do hope you get out west one day with the boys!!

  2. looks like fun! Great pictures, Chris!

    1. Thanks, Monica!! We had a tremendous time!

      Thanks for visiting~~

  3. Such great photos, memories and looks like loads of fun and education too! Thanks for sharing all your adventures with us!

    1. Thanks Tra...I'm loving keeping a "journal" or sorts on the trip this way and sharing our experiences with friends...I so appreciate your visit!
      MV NP WAS a ton of fun, and as you say, educational. I know we all learned quite a bit!

      "See" you very soon..thanks for your visit!

  4. Chris,

    Your boys must have learnt so much during your travels. I loved looking at your photos. Lots of happy faces! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Aw, thanks, Sue!!

      I always LOVE your visits...Yes, I think we all benefited so much from our trip to the cliff dwellings! It was just amazing.....

      "See" you soon!

  5. I can see whey Pueblo is such a great place to visit, though I have lived so close all my life I have never been. My kids have and had a ton of fun. Thanks for sharing, love the Cliff Place. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks SO much for taking the time to stop by!

      I do hope you get to Mesa will LOVE it...the photos really don't capture it, believe it or not!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy, my friend...I always love your visits!

  7. Your post is a treat, and I look forward to checking out the other posts in the series. I'm a New England resident & explorer, but I love seeing other parts of the country through the eyes of people as enthusiastic and observant as you. Keep on travelin'!

    1. Thanks so much, Ellen, for your kindness and for stopping by!
      I do hope you get a chance to click to a few of the other posts in the SW series ~~~ although it's hard to capture the beauty in one snapshot, there are some amazing pictures! You can't take a bad one!

      NE certainly is beautiful too!

      I appreciate your visit and I hope to "see" you online again soon.!

  8. I went to Mesa Verde with my family almost 20 years ago! One day I'd like to go back with my husband, but he's also been, so it's not a priority on our travel bucket list. It's such a beautiful place!

    Via This Is How We Roll

    1. Well, I do ope you get to revisit, Brita!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  9. Great photos! I'm' a big fan of the National Park system - I always find it a little incredible that we have these places available to us when they could have easily been gobbled up. I haven't made it to Mesa Verde yet, but it's on the list ;)

    I host a Photo Friday weekly link-up; would love to have you join us!

    1. Jen~

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!!

      I'd love to link at your Fri hop--thanks for the fofer.


  10. This would be so cool to visit in person. What a great day trip for the family! Thanks for linking it up at This Is How We Roll Thursday.


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