|Inside a reconstructed kiva at Spruce Tree House,|
Mesa Verde National Park
|The trail towards Balcony House|
|A visit to Balcony House begins with a climb up a huge ladder.|
|Coming up the ladder to exit from Balcony House.|
Yes, that's the canyon floor down there.
|In addition to climbing ladders, at Balcony House you|
have to climb through an 18 inch wide tunnel at the back of the alcove.
|Stone stairs exiting from Cliff Palace lead up to another ladder;|
at top center, you can see the foot- and hand-holds for the original exit.
|Top of Cliff Palace exit ladder|
|Taos Pueblo (visited 2004). You can see the similarity to the cliff structures|
at Mesa Verde, and see some of the ladders. Scholars now think
the Taos Pueblo residents are descended from the people who lived in Mesa Verde.
|Roof-access ladder at Taos Pueblo (2004).|
Note: many present-day Taos residents also have a modern house
in addition to the original Pueblo house.