The cliff dwellings are built into natural sort of caves or alcoves along a huge plateau. It is mind boggling to think that people chose to live here, which meant a treacherous going up and down to hunt and gather. However, the cliffs were good protection from the weather (killing sun in the summer, and freezing snow in the winter) and from predators who could not climb.
|Square Tower House|
|The tallest ladder|
|Coming through the tunnel|
|David Night Eagle|
Places like these give rest to the soul. They offer refuge from the tragedies and hatreds and fears that plague our world today. They remind me that we, as humans, are only temporal, and these stones and this earth will remain long after we are all gone.
And they also remind me about perseverance and strength of purpose--from the shallow rooted plants to the sure footed natives.