Main Pueblo Loop Trail Stop 15

a view inside of a cavate shows a lit entrance with a darkened ceiling, pale plastered lower walls covered with dark handprints.
The handprints you may see in Cave Kiva are graffiti left by earlier visitors.

Photo by Sally King

This is Cave Kiva. Unlike the other cavates you could climb into, this one is a kiva. Do you remember earlier on this walk when you saw Big Kiva? This cavate was used for the same purpose as Big Kiva. Unfortunately, this kiva cavate must be smoked and replastered regularly to remove graffiti left by visitors. Please help the National Park Service preserve this cultural heritage for all to experience. Any disturbance is vandalism and against the law.

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Last updated: May 7, 2022

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