Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cliff Dwellings near Marble Canyon, Arizona

On our way from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to Lake Powell, there is a beautiful stretch of road that runs along Route 89A past the Vermilion Cliffs which are part of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau.  
This was a spectacular road to ride. Just past the Marble Canyon and Lee's Ferry, we stumbled upon these Cliff Dwellings.  At first, we thought this was an ancient Native American site.  We soon learned from information at the site that these dwellings were actually constructed in the 1920.  The original homesteaders got the name "Cliff Dwellers" because of their proximity to the Vermilion Cliffs. Regardless of their origin, this is a unique and very interesting stop on the way.  There were a few Native Americans  there who set up tables to sell some locally made crafts.  It is truly a site to see and we are glad we took the time to stop and explore there.  

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