Her brother Douglass was working for the Southern Pacific at Winslow, Arizona, at the time and while visiting him she traveled to Indian missions, Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings
, and the Grand Canyon.
To include these talks would have revealed the extent to which even those individuals with the best of intentions for the cliff dwellings
also "meant to realize on them" to borrow the words of Tom Outland's worldly companion Rodney Blake (Professor's House 244).
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 park's 800-year-old cliff dwellings
are so ubiquitous in textbooks and museum dioramas, you imagine you won't be awestruck when you see them in person.
Those unable to take a guided tour are permitted to hike the fairly arduous 2.5-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.
* Nestled in a desert valley above Roosevelt Lake in central Arizona, the 1,120-acre monument features cliff dwellings
that were once home to the Salado people.
The balance of the project time is spent at the cliff dwelling
, working on designated walls.
Today there are nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites in the park, including 600 spectacularly located cliff dwellings
, with a variety of ranger-led walks and hiking trails.
This was the same time that the Anasazi Indians abandoned their cliff dwellings
due to extended drought that also engulfed the Southwest.
This area contains among the highest concentration of cliff dwellings
and evidence of ancient human use, though it is difficult to attribute Arizona walnut distribution to human use.
During a stay, guests can also explore the Colorado's historic areas to take a stroll through ancient cliff dwellings
, walk in dinosaur tracks, visit one of the many restored trading forts, view mountain vistas, and listen to traditional cowboy music or upbeat mountain jazz.
The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is the larger of the two, covering approximately 1.35 million acres, and (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/28/proclamation-establishment-bears-ears-national-monument) the proclamation says: "Abundant rock art, ancient cliff dwellings
, ceremonial sites, and countless other artifacts provide an extraordinary archaeological and cultural record that is important to us all, but most notably the land is profoundly sacred to many Native American tribes, including the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, Hopi Nation, and Zuni Tribe."