Mesa Verde’s mysteries leave much to imagination

  • Visitors tour the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
    Visitors tour the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
  • CAROLYN SNOWBARGER
    CAROLYN SNOWBARGER
The West is known for its ghost towns. In our nearby mountains, we can see remains of once-thriving communities and crumbled mining operations. One hundred miles further south we can see other ghost towns, also known as the cliff dwellings. After 700 years of living in our region, several thousand Anasazi left their well-designed communities, abandoned their fields, and moved south. Were they…

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