Cliff dwelling


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Cliff dwelling

Dwellings built by natives in the southwestern United States under cliff overhangs and on cliff tops, typically constructed of natural stone slabs with mud for mortar; roofs were constructed of earth-covered poles, or the underside of the natural ledge above was used as a roof.
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The ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde rest atop a "sky island," so reaching them requires an hour-long drive up a winding mountain road after passage through the entrance gate.
The fires burned within feet of some of the cliff dwellings and just stopped.
Some cliff dwellings, like Cliff Palace, may have served ceremonial purposes--i.
5-mile round-trip trail to the White House, a spectacular example of an early ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling named for a long wall covered in white plaster.
The balance of the project time is spent at the cliff dwelling, working on designated walls.
In the southwest corner of Colorado Mesa Verde has long been a sellout destination, thanks to its ancient cliff dwellings that were home to the Anasazi.
Its centerpiece is a well-preserved Sinagua cliff dwelling.
The cliff dwellings here, discovered one winter day in 1888 by a rancher named Richard Wetherill as he tried to herd some strays, are among the most impressive Anasazi relics, significant enough to warrant status as one of the first two World Heritage Sites in the United States.
Designated cycle paths on country trails and side roads will lead you to highlights including the miniature castles of Amboise, the inland cliff dwellings near Montbazon, the island Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and the small children's dream of Luluparc.
Once the storm passes, sunlight splashes on Spruce Tree House, considered the best preserved of the park's 600-plus cliff dwellings.
Or perhaps you're really wanting to explore historic areas: you might want to take a stroll through ancient cliff dwellings, walk in dinosaur tracks, visit one of the many restored trading forts, view magnificent mountain vistas, listen to traditional cowboy music or upbeat mountain jazz.