Mesa Verde National Park, Petroglyph Trail
Cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.
Hiking Petroglyphs Trail, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Hiking Petroglyphs Trail, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Hiking the Petroglyph Trial at Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park I hike the Petroglyph Trial
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Mesa Verde Petroglyph Point
Slideshow of the Petroglyph Point trail in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail traverses around the cliffs of the mountain at the same level as the cliff dwellings, passing right through several formaly inhabited areas, to a panel of rock art. At that point the trail climbs up to the top of the mesa and passes above the same dwellings as it makes its way back to the Spruce Tree House parking area.
Petroglyph Point Trail Mesa Verde
Petroglyph Point Trail and what we hiked to. The trailhead is near Chapin Mesa. Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde, Petroglyph Trail, United States 2
Mesa Verde, Petroglyph Trail, Colorado, USA 1999
Another video Mesa Verde, part 1
Mesa Verde National Park is a U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the United States.
The park was created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It occupies 52,485 acres (21,240 ha) near the Four Corners region, and with more than 4,000 sites and 600 cliff dwellings, it is the largest archeological preserve in the US. Mesa Verde (Spanish for green table) is best known for structures such as Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America.
Starting c. 7,500 BCE, Mesa Verde was seasonally inhabited by a group of nomadic Paleo-Indians known as the Foothills Mountain Complex. The variety of projectile points found in the region indicates they were influenced by surrounding areas, including the Great Basin, the San Juan Basin, and the Rio Grande Valley. Later, Archaic people established semi-permanent rockshelters in and around the mesa. By 1,000, the Basketmaker culture emerged from the local Archaic population, and by 750 CE the Ancestral Puebloans had developed from the Basketmaker culture.
The Mesa Verdeans survived by utilizing a combination of hunting, gathering, and subsistence farming of crops such as corn, beans, and squash. They built the mesa's first pueblos sometime after 650, and by the end of the 12th century they began to construct the massive cliff dwellings for which the park is best known. By 1285, following a period of social and environmental instability driven by a series of severe and prolonged droughts, they abandoned the area and moved south to locations in Arizona and New Mexico, including Rio Chama, Pajarito Plateau, and Santa Fe.
Mesa Verde Petroglyph Trail
Anasazi ruins on the Puerco
The BLM has done a good job of excavating and protecting this ruin, which is on top of a mesa near the Puerco River. This fortress-like structure told all who passed through who was in charge of this particular valley. This place is what the archaeologists call a Chacoan outlier community and is about 60 miles from Chaco Canyon. All who were traveling to Chaco from points south including Mexico would have passed through here. They came up the Rio Grande then turned northwest at the Puerco and just followed it up and then over the Continental Divide. This was a very good spot to pick to live too, which is easy to tell if you visit the place. At the beginning of this video in the immediate foreground you can see a small hill that appears to be carved out slightly on the top. I believe this was a signal mound. You can also see a distinct waterway that drains a canyon leading up to the Mount Taylor plateau. The bulk of the community lived up and along that canyon. At the end of the day this video was made I was near the upper end of the canyon and it revealed to me that it runs directly east-west. I could see the sun setting to the west, going right down between the canyon walls with no obstructions and behold in the other direction a full moon was rising to the east - straight up between the canyon walls with no obstructions. What a place.
Hiking on the Petroglyph trail is Mesa Verde National Park
Very diverse trail, a must do in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde - Hike to Petroglyphs - Cool
Mesa Verde National Park - Petroglyphs
Best petroglyphs at Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde Hike
Mesa Verde National Park
Hiking Mesa Verde National Park
We hiked the petroglyph loop and this was the last mile or so. I flew back. Mesa Verde National Park Colorado
Monument Canyon Petroglyphs
Slideshow of the Monument Canyon Petroglyphs in the Colorado National Monument.
Vacation Day 8 | Hiking Petroglyph Trail in Mesa Verde
We stopped for a hike at Mesa Verde on the way to Santa Fe, NM
Danielle visits Petroglyph Point trail at Mesa Verde and gives advice
Danielle visits Petroglyph Point trail at Mesa Verde and gives advice: wear good shoes, the first half is rough, the second half is smooth. Plus, a kick-a** lizard.
Petroglyph Panel-Mesa Verde National Park
The park service describes this eroded but undisturbed rock art as a tale of the migration of the ancestral Pueblo people. Even for their descendants interpreting drawings over 800 years old is quite challenging, the viewer must first assume they understand the mindset of a people whose way of life disappeared so long ago. Their fragmented history tells a familiar story of a people forced to adapt and assist each other together during times of hardship and war. Some of the symbols are obvious such as handprints, people, turkeys, antelope, sheep or lions. Others may be rivers or snakes, the more unique symbols are thought to represent a specific clan. Filmed 4/16/13.
Mesa Verde: Petroglyph Trail Hike 2008.AVI
Mesa Verde: Petroglyph Hike 2008. The hike is 3 miles round trip, and this is the ancient carving you see at the end. Camera did not have any sound.
Mesa Verde National Park | Cliff Dwelling | Four Corners@One of our Greatest Trip
A must visit for an amazing place here in Montezuma County, Colorado, USA
I'm Just one of the luck one here in the universe to see the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan Archaeological sites in the United States.
Mesa Verde is the only National Park dedicated to preserving the villages and objects hand-built by ancient civilizations thousand years ago. Mesa Verde National Park is in southwest Colorado.It's known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum has exhibits on the ancient Native American culture. Mesa Top Loop Road winds past archaeological sites and overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook with panoramic canyon views. Petroglyph Point Trail has several rock carvings. Tree-ring dating indicates that construction and refurbishing of Cliff Palace was continuous approximately from 1190 CE through 1260 CE, although the major portion of the building was done within a 20-year time span. The Ancestral Pueblo that constructed this cliff dwelling and the others like it at Mesa Verde were driven to these defensible positions by "increasing competition amidst changing climatic conditions".Cliff Palace was abandoned by 1300, and while debate remains as to the causes of this, some believe that a series of mega droughts interrupting food production systems is the main cause. Cliff Palace was rediscovered in 1888 by Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason.
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Mesa Verde National Park. Colorado 1999
Mesa Verde national park, Colorado. Petroglyph trail, United States (1999), indian buldings, Cliff palace, South-West Parks
Mesa Verde national park Colorado
Moab / Az 2013 Petroglyph Hunting Through the Mists
A slide show of the roughly 12 different sites we visiting during the foggy inversion of Thanksgiving week, 2013.