Mesa Verde in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Oak Tree House
Mesa Verde National Park
Adapting to Alcoves
To level the sloping alcove floor, the Anasazi filled in behind retaining walls. The altered floor not only supported rooms but also provided working space and a safe play area for children.
Oak Tree House appears to utilize every inch of alcove space. Some apartments rose four stories to the roof of the inner alcove. There are additional storage rooms along an upper ledge.
Oak Tree House contains about 50 rooms and 6 kivas.
(Inscription under the photo on the right) Smoke-blackened rear wall show evidence of many cooking fires and the struggle to survive winter. Try to distinguish smoke stains from natural mineral stains on the rock.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 9.852′ N, 108° 28.716′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on Mesa Top Loop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fire Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Split-Level History (approx. ¼ mile away); Pithouse Life Canyon Barriers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mesa Verde Administrative District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Prehistoric Mesa Verde Reservoirs (approx. 5½ miles away); Far View Reservoir (approx. 5½ miles away); A Monument to Time (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde.
Categories. • Anthropology • Landmarks • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.