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Mesa Verde in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Canyon Barriers

Mesa Verde National Park

 
 
Canyon Barriers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
1. Canyon Barriers Marker
Inscription.  Surrounded by deep canyons, villages here seem isolated, cut off from people on other mesas. Look closely at these cliffs and imagine hand and toe trails pecked into the sheer sandstone. These vertical trails were the Anasazi’s highways; steep climbs were part of their daily routine.

Throughout the Mesa Verde area there is strong evidence of cooperation and exchange: ceremonial structures like Sun Temple check dams, widespread advances in pottery and architecture. The Mesa Verde culture could not have developed so rapidly, or accomplished so much in isolation.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyLandmarksNative Americans.
 
Location. 37° 9.942′ N, 108° 29.49′ 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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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marker. Pithouse Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fire Temple (approx. 0.7 miles away); Oak Tree House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Time of Transition (approx. ¾ mile away); Cliff Dwelling Life (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ties that Bind (approx. 0.9 miles away); Years of Activity (approx. 0.9 miles away); Years of Change (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde.
 
Mesa Verde Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
2. Mesa Verde Canyon
Mesa Verde Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
3. Mesa Verde Canyon
Mesa Verde Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
4. Mesa Verde Canyon
Sign at Parking Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
5. Sign at Parking Area
Sign at the entrance to the park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
6. Sign at the entrance to the park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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