Imagine living in this dry, open land. In the winter, an icy wind blowing from the mountains above could pelt you with bits of frozen snow forcing you to seek shelter in the protection of the cavates (small man-made caves carved into the soft tuff, Stop #15) below. In spring, the lengthening rays of the sun would herald the beginning of the time to plant. In summer, you might closely watch the western mountains as towering clouds form and build hoping they bring the necessary rainfall to make your carefully tended crops grow. In autumn, the slopes of the Jemez Mountains would be colored with the gold of turning aspens, a sure sign the cold days of winter would soon return. You would want to make certain you had plenty of food in the storage rooms to supply your needs through the long winter.