Cliff Palace Tour

Portal to the Past

Portal to the Past © 2010 Bo Mackison

Can you imagine who might have walked through this door 800 years ago? What they did during the day? How they lived, loved, worked, survived?

Mesa Verde's Cliff House

Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace © 2010 Bo Mackison

The Ancestral Pueblans lived in the Mesa Verde region in southwestern Colorado for over 700 years before mysteriously disappearing in just a few years. The Cliff Palace is in Mesa Verde National Park.

Mesa Verde Park Ranger

Mesa Verde Park Ranger © 2010 Bo Mackison

We had a terrific tour from this experienced park ranger. Not only was he well-informed, but he also had a sense of humor and a sense of reverence for the lands and the history he was sharing with the group. Sorry to say, I waited at the end of the tour to see if I could get his name, but he drove away before I could talk to him. I would have liked to have written a letter to the National Park Service to commend the efforts of this Park Ranger.

Cliff House Tour

Cliff House Tour © 2010 Bo Mackison

We did get up close and personal with the ruins, while still remaining respectful of the archaeological and cultural significance of the ruins we were viewing. What a feeling I had as I walked at the end of the line, dragging behind the others so I could not only take photographs, but also get a sense of the place. Inspiring!

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Simply wonderful

  2. Joanne Keevers says:

    Ah Bo, those opening question you have here…who, what, how…I love ruins and historic sites and ask myself these questions every time I am fortunate enough to visit a site of known history.

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