Cliff Palace Alcove



  • Title:  Cliff Palace Alcove
  • Description:  With 23 kivas and 150 rooms, Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park. This multi-storied ruin, the best-known cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, is located in the largest alcove in the center of the Great Mesa. It was south- and southwest-facing, providing greater warmth from the sun in the winter. Dating back more than 700 years, many of the rooms were brightly painted. Cliff Palace was home to at least 100 people, but was likely an important part of a larger community of sixty nearby pueblos, which housed a combined 1000 or more people. On December 18, 1888, Richard Wetherill and cowboy Charlie Mason discovered Cliff Palace after spotting the ruins from the top of Mesa Verde a decade earlier. Wetherill gave the ruin its present-day name. Richard Wetherill, family and friends explored the ruins and gathered artifacts, some of which they sold to the Historical Society of Colorado.
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  • Added:  Dec 19, 2017
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Resolution: 2288 x 1712 px ( 7.6" x 5.7" @ 300 dpi )


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