Cliff Palace

Largest Cliff Dwellings


U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

The multistory pueblo known as Cliff Palace, in Colorado, was a large complex containing many rooms.  This mysterious archaeological wonder, built centuries ago in the shelter of a canyon wall, was constructed primarily of sandstone, mortar, and wooden beams.

Image courtesy of Debbi Sinclair, GVCC.  Mesa Verde is practically in my back yard.  Just a few hours from our Colorado home.  It was a stop on our camping trip with nieces the summer of 2011.  All of the cliff dwellings are just fascinating.  This is the largest one.

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Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives Stamp Series@2005 United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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Image courtesy of Pam Irvin, GVCC.  Photo taken at Mesa Verde,  Colorado, in October of 2010. We were driving from Minneapolis, MN, to Green Valley and every year we would drive a different route to see different things.  This year our drive was through Colorado.  We stayed the night at Mesa Verde in the lodge there and took a tour the next morning to see the Cliff Dwellings.  They were awesome!