Ancient Indian Ruins--SW Colorado


We found some different roads today.......definitely back roads. And the neighbors were friendly........here this little fellow was in the middle of t
We found some different roads today.......definitely back roads. And the neighbors were friendly........here this little fellow was in the middle of t
Aren't they cute? Note the sheep dog in top edge watching for them. We met several groups of sheep along the way. With one there was a dog growling at
Aren't they cute? Note the sheep dog in top edge watching for them. We met several groups of sheep along the way. With one there was a dog growling at
BaBa Black sheep......then there was the horse wandering in the middle of Mesa Verde National Park........didn't figure that one out.
BaBa Black sheep......then there was the horse wandering in the middle of Mesa Verde National Park........didn't figure that one out.
We were heading for Hovenweep National Monument......a group of Indian Ruins. Towers of various shapes
We were heading for Hovenweep National Monument......a group of Indian Ruins. Towers of various shapes
and sizes along the top edge of a canyon.
and sizes along the top edge of a canyon.
and down inside the canyon.
and down inside the canyon.
They were a change from the usual thought of cliff dwellers
They were a change from the usual thought of cliff dwellers
Altho of the same time period.
Altho of the same time period.
They were well made. Double walled. Who chiseled those square corner stones?
They were well made. Double walled. Who chiseled those square corner stones?
These were my favorite. Neighbors built on two neighboring boudlers just off the edge of the canyon. Strange. And such tiny windows. And the tower sha
These were my favorite. Neighbors built on two neighboring boudlers just off the edge of the canyon. Strange. And such tiny windows. And the tower sha
Then on to Mesa Verde National Park.......which is waaaaayyyyyyyyy off the road, up curvy mountain drive. Who knew?
Then on to Mesa Verde National Park.......which is waaaaayyyyyyyyy off the road, up curvy mountain drive. Who knew?
Cliff Palace. We took a guided walk down through this one and back up some ladders to the top.
Cliff Palace. We took a guided walk down through this one and back up some ladders to the top.
Interesting how the buildings have survived with only minor upkeep since discovery.
Interesting how the buildings have survived with only minor upkeep since discovery.
And imagine living here.......
And imagine living here.......
All the people. The smells.....oh my.
All the people. The smells.....oh my.
But the sites were exactly as I had remembered from being here as a kid. Funny.
But the sites were exactly as I had remembered from being here as a kid. Funny.
And just like the pictures.
And just like the pictures.
More Cliff Palace.
More Cliff Palace.
This is Spruce Tree. Smaller group but better preserved.
This is Spruce Tree. Smaller group but better preserved.
The Kivas even still had their roofs
The Kivas even still had their roofs
and we could go down into one.....the circular rooms under the floor with ladders down thru the roofs.
and we could go down into one.....the circular rooms under the floor with ladders down thru the roofs.
Urban Indian dwelling of ages ago.......intriguing. And why keyhole shaped windows?
Urban Indian dwelling of ages ago.......intriguing. And why keyhole shaped windows?