Virtual Tour From Inside The Castle
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(QTVR) movies allow viewers to scan right and left and in most cases all the way around. They provide a way of getting an overall impression of a scene and not just one static view. There are two ways to view each QTVR. The first is by left clicking on the link. Doing that will cause the page to change and the movie to open in the new page. The second way is by right clicking on the link and then selecting "Save Target As". This will allow you save each QTVR to your own computer. Once saved you will be able to open each QTVR in a seperate Quicktime window on your computer.
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You’ve just finished climbing three ladders to reach the Castle on this very special trip; not many people get to go inside this well-preserved ruin. You stop for a breath and take in the doorway in front of you, with its wooden lintel. You note the peephole to the left. As you turn to the left the cliff face melts away and you gaze at the valley below with Beaver Creek winding through. Making a full circle back to the door you take a good look at the wall that was built so long ago.
After climbing up to the third floor you come out on this landing. Turning to the right, you think how amazing it is that the Sinagua built in this cliff. Continuing to turn you see the Monument’s trails through the Arizona sycamores and beyond the creek the valley that the Sinagua once tilled stretches away. You turn back to the Castle, seeing a doorway and the wooden poles of the ladder up which you just climbed. Finally, you continue on along the wooden pathway put in many years ago to protect the floor from heavy traffic.
Inside the Main Tower the light is better and you can see much of the structure. Looking through an opening, you see a doorway that was once T-shaped, as well as a roof-beam sticking through the wall. Turning to the right you see many windows and as you look up you see the roof with its strong sycamore beams crisscrossed with smaller branches and twigs. Finally you notice the original plaster with centuries-old hand and finger prints.
After climbing to the fourth floor, the first thing you notice is the amount of soot on the walls of this room. The second thing is the modern, metal support holding up the sycamore roof-beams. As you turn around in the room you are again dazzled by the original plaster which reveals the hand prints of the Sinagua. But you are also amazed at how many 19th century soldiers and other early visitors could inscribe their own marks on the beams and walls of this structure.
You start by gazing down the long wall which guards the edge of the building here. Thankful that you and those who lived here years ago are protected from a long fall, you gaze out at the valley again, perhaps in time to see some wildlife. As you turn back to the cliff, you see the curve of the wall, and then another wooden walkway put in when visitors were able to tour inside. Then you see the fifth floor rooms, and decide to enter.
You stepped up into this walled off cave. The Sinagua built the whole of the Castle in a large cave, but the fifth floor rooms are the farthest reaching point of the larger cave. The Sinagua walled these off to create usable rooms, so as you turn you realize huge differences from the other rooms through which you walked. The only light comes from the door and a small peephole; also the plastered walls have been replaced by the solid limestone of the cliff. Again, you marvel at the ingenious nature of the Sinagua.
Images and QTVR's by Joshua Boles - NPS
Virtual Tour Text by Sharlot Hart - NPS