Far View Sites

Near the Chapin Mesa Area (map), Self-Guided, No Fee Required

Pueblo site with kiva in foreground at Far View Sites
Far View House at Far View Sites Complex
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Pueblo site at Far View Sites Complex
Far View Sites Complex
Far View was one of the most densely populated parts of the mesa from A.D. 900 to about A.D. 1300. Nearly 50 villages have been identified within a half square mile area, and were home to hundreds of people. Today, several excavated and stabilized sites are linked by a trail system within a short walking distance. These surface sites include Far View House, Pipe Shrine House, Coyote Village, Far View Reservoir, Megalithic House, and Far View Tower.
Far View Sites in snow
Far View Sites in winter
The Ancestral Pueblo people were living at Far View at least 200 years before they began building the more famous Mesa Verde cliff dwellings. Excavation also reveals that many people chose to remain in their mesa top community well after many of their neighbors moved into the cliff alcoves.

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