A couple of days after visiting the cliff dwellings we went up the 25-mile twisty road again....
...to see the Far View site. During this time of year, most people are going to the cliff dwellings and, half the park is closed, so we had this site all to ourselves for a couple of hours.
The site is quite extensive so I'm posting a map to show how many places we were able to visit and take photos.
We took over 100 photos and that would make a loooooong posting so I've posted them here for your viewing....
These people lived on top of the mesa and were farmers. They lived in this location for 500 years before moving south into Arizona and New Mexico.
|Site C. A reservoir to hold water. They built canals higher up the mesa and, as it rained, the rain ran downhill into here. This was 12-feet deep at one time. Sediment over the years has filled it up.|
|Site D. This is where the water flowed in from the north, which is behind you.|
|Site D. A close look at the entrance to the reservoir where the water entered.|
|Site D. The people would walk down these steps into the reservoir to fill their baskets with water, then hand water their crops.|
|Site C. A panorama of the reservoir|
|Site E. Megalithic House.|
|Site E. When this was discovered in the 1930s all that was showing were these tall large rocks to the left. Once excavated, a small group of homes and a kiva were uncovered.|
|Site F. Far View House...named because of the 360-degree view. These homes were three stories high.|
|Site F. Pine Shrine House|
|Site H. Every now and then, we'd see some markings like this. People still don't know what they mean.|
|Site H. Coyote Village. We were allowed to walk around and into this site.|
|Site H. Coyote Village.|
Next stop: White Sands