National Geographic : 1912 May
Photo byPen-Dike Studio CLIFF PALACE, LOOKING SOUTH : IN THE MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK "In southwestern Colorado the dwellings of the extinct race of cliff-dwellers are preserved in theMesa Verde National Park, established by the act of June 29, 1906. In the 42,376 acres included in this park there are about 400 cliff-houses ofvarying size. The period atwhich these cliff dwellings were occupied and the cause of the depopulation are unknown, but there is no doubt that the buildings areprehistoric. The most im pressive ruin in the park is Cliff Palace, a structure about 300 feet in length, built under the roof rock ofanenormous cave. This ruin contains 146 living-rooms, including numerous large chambers used for assembly-rooms for the purpose of worship orcouncil" (see page 563).