The second day we explored Wetherill Mesa, and took the ranger led tour of Long House. This is their most in depth walk, and we were on the first of the day. The ruins is quite large with a variety of rooms, and a commanding view out into the canyon.
|LONG HOUSE AND CANYON|
|LONG HOUSE ARCHITECTURE|
|LONG HOUSE W/KIVA|
|LONG HOUSE, ANOTHER VIEW|
After visiting the ruins we walked around the Badger House Community which were pit houses located on the top of the Mesa.
|REMAINS OF FOREST AFTER FIRE|
After lunch we took the shuttle to the overlooks for Kodak House and Long House. Kodak House received its name from the camera that was left in one of the rooms by early investigator Gustaf Nordenskiold.
|KODAK HOUSE RUINS|
We also took the short hike to Step House Ruins which faced East. This ruin has both pithouses and cliff dwellings and shows how the area was occupied both in the late 500’s and then again in the 1200s.
|STEP HOUSE RUINS|
|STEP HOUSE DETAIL|
|PIT HOUSE DATED TO ABOUT 500 A.D.|
As in all the Parks we have visited, there is much more to explore.
|LONG HOUSE FROM OVERLOOK|
|CLIFF DWELLING IN DISTANCE (at tip of cloud shadow)|