Mesa Verde National Park in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Time of Transition
Sun Point Pueblo
This small town village was inhabited for less than two generations. Those living here eventually moved into the cliff dwellings. They probably took most of the stone blocks and wooden timbers with them, incorporating them into new villages that were being built in the alcoves.
Other neighboring mesa top communities from this time include Far View House and Pipe Shrine House. Both can be seen at Far View Sites today.
Lower left: Sun Point Pueblo extended beyond the shelter. Step outside to see the foundations of more of its rooms.
Timeline: CE=Common Era
550 CE — Semi-nomadic 550 CE — Pithouses 750 CE — Single-story villages 1100 CE — Multi-story villages 1200 CE — Cliff dwellings and late mesa top villages 1300 CE — Migration
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1200.
Location. 37° 9.703′ N, 108° 28.713′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker can be reached from Mesa Topp Loop (State Highway 10), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cliff Dwelling Life (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oak Tree House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Years of Activity (approx. 0.2 miles away); Years of Change (approx. 0.2 miles away); Split-Level History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fire Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ties that Bind (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pithouse Life (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde National Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.