Ancient Ones in Colorado Plateau

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Canyonlands NP Needles district house in the cliff was a 10-mile round trip hike.

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This was a short hike near Combs Ridge south of Blanding, UT.

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A nice little tower on the ridge from our hike to Jail House Runis and Perfect Kiva.

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This is the Perfect Kiva which we hiked up to see closer.

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View from the Perfect Kiva looking back across the valley.

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It is a BLM site and had a nice booklet describing so many of the features and artifacts found there. Fascinating!

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Natural Bridges National Monument was the first National Park in Utah. It is quite spectacular.

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We took the trail to the Horsecollar ruins.

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It had a one log ladder to climb up – not so bad but going down I was glad to have a good companion.

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This is a gorgeous bridge on a gorgeous day.

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This is our “Million Dollar View” campsite that we had stayed at before. We were here five nights this time. The dark skies and stars were spectacular.

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House on Fire ruins – if visited when the sun is just right it appears to be in flames. who came up with that?

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Before Hovenweep NM we hiked around this canyon to see other cliff dwellings.

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Beautiful craftsmanship.

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Sunrise over Sleeping Giant from our campsite at Hoovenweep National Monument.

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Morning loop hike at the monument to see these treasures.

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The spirit raven was watching.

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The wood supports in these buildings are original.

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The sites on the rock ledges are such interesting selections of places to build.

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There is a house tucked under that large boulder.

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The cliff partially collapsed but the dwelling stayed attached to its foundation.

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We wore ourselves out with a bunch of shorter hikes and the day kept getting hotter and hotter.

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We sat and enjoyed this for a while – really detailed and intricate brick laying.

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Early morning at Lowry Pueblo in Canyon of the Ancients.

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It felt really special to be able to experience this lighting.

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Mr Fox even had to check out the photographer. That is Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.

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