Mesa Verde is the most famous of the ruins and other archaeological finds representing the ancient pueblan peoples of the south west US. The mesa top provided, for a time, a rich farmland and the people that lived here built large cliff dwellings. The dwellings were largely used for storage and a few Kivas for religious purpose. We had time on this trip to take a tour through this cliff dwelling. You climb down the side of the cliff into the cliff-side cave — the climb has been somewhat ‘upgraded’ for the safety of tourists, but it gives you a strong understanding of just how defensible the cliff dwellings would be against undesirables!