Mesa Verde Cliff Palace
Mesa Verde National Park
near Cortez Colorado
Cliff Palace is the most well known of the near 600 cliff dwellings located in Mesa Verde National Park in Southwestern Colorado.
The site opens for tours at 8:00 am .. and it is good to get to that first tour of the day .. or you will likely have the previous tour group milling about in your image.
(unfortunately at 8:00 am in the summer the light is off the opposite canyon wall - so be prepared for low light .. especially when you get down onto the paths and close to the site).
Many of the Ranger guided tours involve ladder climbing and heights .. this is one of the easier ones (a short hike down and up the cliffside with five 8 to 10 foot ladders on the way up).
It was constructed between c. 1190 - c. 1250 CE by the Ancient Pueblo People.
Originally it would have been decorated with earthen plasters of pink, brown, red, yellow, and white.
The Ancient Pueblo peoples (or Ancestral Pueblo Peoples) occupied the present day Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States. The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.
When I was a child these peoples were called the Anasazi .. a Navajo work for Ancient Ones or Ancient Enemy. These Ancient Pueblo peoples were actually the ancestors of today's Pueblo people (such as the Hopi .. and they prefer not to use the term Anasazi .. and so it is in process of being replaced in the professional lexicon.
Cliff Palace was abandoned by 1300. There is still debate about the cause of this. Draught is a very likely cause.
The palace contains 150 rooms and 23 Kivas (round sunken ceremonial rooms).
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JCG (35129) 2011-03-14 23:00
A place which starts to be well-known on TE. While looking at more closely, I am really astonished by the good conservation by certain architectural parts of this stone village. A beautiful catch of panoramic sight with a good quality of the image and management of the lights which enables us to appreciate many interesting details. Thank you John for the instructive note too.
With all my friendships and with soon,
Nicou (131398) 2011-03-15 7:47
sous la roche, quelle image et compo superbe cptage, ils sont bien à l'abri très beau rendu sur la pierre et image.
Bravo et amitié
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2011-03-15 12:06
these architectures are fantastic, perhaps a bit different of this type of stone curved architecture like Petra of Morrocco or Ajanta of India, but really they are maintained nicely. You made a fine composition despite of low light. Very nice one. Tfs.
papagolf21 (91422) 2011-03-15 14:59
Bonsoir, cher ami John,
Ma passion pour l'architecture est particulièrement servie à travers cette composition.
Je suis admiratif devant ces ruines. Formidable trésor architectural.
Malgré les difficultés liées à la lumière, le résultat est superbe.
Un grand merci !
Graal (100516) 2011-03-16 0:27
unusual place. An interesting informations in note. Good shot and presentation. Low light You had but details are ok.
Have a nice day.
silah (2786) 2011-03-16 16:25
It looks so impressive place and capture. I liked the framing that is very well presented foreground. Very well documented shot.
TFS. GREETINGS. Salih.
jhm (145156) 2011-03-17 4:35
I did not that there are small house in the rocks, this is the first time that I see this panorama sight, you chose a very well angle, this gives a nice perspective.
It's a wonderful sight to see these houses in the rocks.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very well done, TFS.
fjac (93) 2011-03-17 23:26
Your picture recalls a lot of memories as I visited Mesa Verde back in 1988. A magic spot and quite deceiting too, as the first glimpse you get from a distance make the houses look much larger than they really are.
Have a nice day,
danos (91090) 2011-03-18 8:39
impressive the view of the Mesa Verde cliff Palace with the constructions under and in the cliff to be just superb.Informative your note about the cliff dwellings as the presentation.
Waylim (25430) 2011-03-18 17:45
That is very nice you got this shot without people in it. I was here a few years back. Don't know which house we visited, I think it is this one, it looks fairly family, but I guess all the house are similar. Very nice even light, though kind of on the low side. I think when I was here part of it was in the sunlight which makes it very difficult to photograph with too much contast.
Nice shot and good POV with good details.
jaywalker (16101) 2011-03-19 10:49
Hi John, What an amazing construction & what skill the workers had to build such a beautiful sight, I would have loved to of been able to see it in it's full glory, your note is very informative & I thank you for that, great shot, kind regards Wilson.
sacimar (26205) 2011-03-20 13:07
impressive place, I like the image, the composition allow us to admire this okd palace, good details,
Atousa (7131) 2011-03-28 4:45
Nice shot of the cliff palace surrounded beautifully by the nature.. I like the details n your chosen pov.. very interesting place.. nicely captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
Charo (51210) 2011-03-30 16:51
Long time no hear from you!
Awesome place with the city built under the rocks.
Very good perspective with perfect light and details.