From the visitor center, we walked down 240 steps (185 feet) from the rim to get to the trail of cliff dwellings that we were allowed to look at. The trail we were on took us by 25 of the cliff dwelling rooms. However, from the trail you could look around the canyon and see many more pockets of dwellings all throughout the cliff areas, more than 300 rooms.
|Checking out part of a room (minus some walls)|
Walking around the ridge of the trail was a bit nerve-racking for me, as I held the hand of my four year old. I imagine these people were very sure-footed and comfortable with heights, as well as very resourceful. The rooms they built were not just for sleeping and living, but for storage as well. They had to make large pots to store water for the drier seasons. They also had to make their farmlands on the rims.
|The black on the walls is from the fires they would burn in these rooms.|
|A renovated wall, but it gives you an idea of what these rooms were like.|
|The door is below, and the hole above is the venting system for their fires.|
It is amazing to think of people's resourcefulness. This was a good lesson for the boys, to see how different people live and how creative we can be with what we have available to us. Perhaps they may not live on the sides of cliffs, but it is important to be wise with what they have available to them.
|Getting their Junior Ranger badges|