My posts are all out of order again – despite my best efforts! Our second day in Mesa Verde (Thursday) we went and toured more cliff dwellings and pueblos – this time on Wetherill Mesa. Wetherill Mesa is far less congested than Chapin Mesa where the Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Spruce Tree House are located, along with the Museum. RVs are restricted on the road to Wetherill Mesa and it is pretty far to do both Wetherill Mesa and Chapin Mesa in one day.
We started at Long House with a very enthusiastic and energetic Ranger Guide. I have to admit, though, by this point, the Cliff Dwellings were already all starting to look alike!
As we drove out the road, we kept seeing what looked like horse manure but that seemed kind of odd . . . but it turns out that the Park has a large population of feral horses that they don’t know what to do about!
You can also see in this picture the burned trees. There have been a lot of fires in Mesa Verde – predominantly caused by lighting.
There are other named cliff dwellings that you can see from view points. This is Kodak House – they say it was given this name because the very early explorers stored the camera equipment in this dwelling.
The last cliff dwelling we toured on Wetherill Mesa was Step House. It has a couple of cool features, including this long set of constructed steps and a nice set of carved toe holds.
Step House also has a reconstructed Pit House. This is what the archeologists believe that the Ancestral Puebloans (the currently favored name for the Anasazi) lived in before they started constructing cliff dwellings.
There is a bus/tram that you ride around Wetherill Mesa. We took it for part of the way but we also hiked out along the Mesa to some of the other vistas so we have a few miles of hiking credit for this day.
Miles Hiked Today: 2
Total Miles Hiked on this Trip: 100