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

Fire Temple

 
 
Fire Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 10, 2010
1. Fire Temple Marker
Inscription.

Dance Plaza
Though the large alcove below is filled with Puebloan construction, there is no evidence of any habitation. The central pit – too large for domestic cook fires – held layer upon layer of ashes. Fire Temple’s size and carefully crafted, symmetrical features suggest community-wide ceremonial gathers.

New Fire House
To the right is New Fire House. Though it lacks the alcove expanse of Cliff Palace or even Oak Tree House, this split-level village makes efficient use of natural ledges. Look for the hand and toe trail connecting the two levels. (There must have been a ladder as well.)

(Left Graphic Caption)
The upper ledge supports thirteen rooms and a set of three grinding bins. The lower level has seven rooms and three kivas.

(Right Photo Caption)
Originally the walls were covered with human, animal, and geometric figures painted red on white plaster. Present-day Hopi Indians use similar designs in their seasonal ceremonies.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 9.884′ N, 108° 28.752′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on Mesa Top Loop (State
Fire Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Google Street View (©2014 Google), July 2013
2. Fire Temple Marker
View to north along Mesa Top Loop
Highway 10), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Fire Temple - New Fire House pullout on Mesa Top Loop. 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. Oak Tree House (within shouting distance of this marker); Split-Level History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pithouse Life (approx. 0.3 miles away); Canyon Barriers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mesa Verde Administrative District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Prehistoric Mesa Verde Reservoirs (approx. 5.4 miles away); Far View Reservoir (approx. 5.4 miles away); A Monument to Time (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde National Park.
 
Also see . . .  Mesa Verde National Park. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 24, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Dance Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 10, 2010
3. Dance Plaza
As viewed from marker
New Fire House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 10, 2010
4. New Fire House
As viewed from marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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