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After canceling our flight over Grand Canyon due to potentially bad weather, Derek and I visited Mesa Verde National Park in SW Colorado. We visited three major and several minor Native American settlements which were occupied from 1100-1300AD. We also spent a lot of time at the Museum learning about the Native American history. It was great.

Happy Derek

Tour of the Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace

Square Tower ruin, tallest in the Park (4 stories)

Pretty amazing location to live in, especially on the upper ledge

Sunset over Cliff Palace

Zoomed into Cliff Palace from the opposite mesa

Derek entering a Kiva

Derek entering the Balcony House

Balcony House

Balcony House (you can see why it's called that)

More Balcony House

More Balcony House

Incredible location for several houses. It was not clear how people climbed up there

Cliff Palace panorama

Cliff Palace detail

Spruce tree house panorama

Spruce tree house

This is a 180 degree panorama of the Spruce Tree house. We liked this dwelling the most I think.