About 1,400 years ago, long before Europeans explored North America, a group of people lived in the Four Corners region. From A.D. 600 to 1300 Ancestral Pueblo people made this area their home. Then, in the late A.D. 1200s, in the span of a generation or two, they left their homes and moved away. Mesa Verde National Park has some of the most notable and best preserved archeological sites in the United States.
We had the chance to drive out to Mesa Verde National Park. It's a 2 hour drive from us - on the Colorado side. I was thrilled to have had the chance to visit this spectacular reminder of these ancient people. At the end of the day, when the effects of the elevation(8000 or so feet) and the visual data had finally registered into my psyche...it made for wonderous dreams.
60-90 Pueblo people lived in this cliff dwelling at one time.
Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in Pueblo territory in 1540, corn was a staple crop. Pueblo women would spend 6-8 hours a day grinding up yellow corn to make tortillas.
It has been estimated that 25-35 thousand Pueblo people lived in this valley at its peak.