is not only a beautiful US National Park but also a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. It’s the largest archeological preserve in the United
States and features over 4000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff
dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples, also known as Anasazi.
Ancestral Pueblo peoples lived in Mesa Verde (“green table”) from 600
to 1300, where they first built round pit houses, then mesa-top villages
made of adobe and eventually the cliff dwellings.
Mesa Verde is in the Four Corners region, where I had traveled to on my special “Week 200” road trip. By the time we made it from the Four Corners Monument
to Mesa Verde, there were less than two hours of daylight left. As a
result, I didn’t actually get to go into any of the cliff dwellings and I
didn’t really have time to set up my tripod for shots. Therefore, this
videos shows mostly exterior views (with a few pit houses at an open
archeological site) and consists more of photos than actual video
footage. I hope I can make a second visit happen later this year to
explore more of the cliff dwellings.
The featured song is the
instrumental version of “Upcoming Downtime” by Josh Woodward, who made
this song available on his website (http://joshwoodward.com) via a Creative Commons license. Thank you, Josh!
|Navajo Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado|