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The World's Coolest Caves

USA, Colorado, Mesa Verde, Mesa Verde National Park, Native American Cliff Dwellings
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Go deep within the world’s coolest caves to glimpse natural and man-made wonders, from giant crystal formations to Ice Age art.

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park: Colorado

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In the 13th century, Anasazi or Ancestral Puebloans built 130 rooms and eight ceremonial chambers (kivas) in this 216-feet-long and 89-feet-deep cliff dwelling. Groups of 60 to 80 people lived here and farmed corn, beans, and squash.

Why It’s Cool:

It’s the best-preserved Anasazi cliff dwelling—90 percent is original—and, 700 years later, you can still see plaster paintings of birds and mountain sheep.

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USA, Colorado, Mesa Verde, Mesa Verde National Park, Native American Cliff Dwellings

The World's Coolest Caves

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park: Colorado

In the 13th century, Anasazi or Ancestral Puebloans built 130 rooms and eight ceremonial chambers (kivas) in this 216-feet-long and 89-feet-deep cliff dwelling. Groups of 60 to 80 people lived here and farmed corn, beans, and squash.

Why It’s Cool:

It’s the best-preserved Anasazi cliff dwelling—90 percent is original—and, 700 years later, you can still see plaster paintings of birds and mountain sheep.

See More Adventures Anyone Can Do

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