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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 17 August 2012 in Architecture.

Notice that these rooms are built in recesses in the limestone rock that have been eroded by water over the millennia. Many of the rooms were for storage of food, tools, etc. Others provided living space. I looked for traces of smoke stains on the ceilings to determine which ones had been living quarters.

Weather permitting, everyday work was done on patios outdoors. Farming was done up on the canyon rim.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Part of The Great American West series.

rem_la from Villiers, France

riche idée que de ce servir de se que nous donne Mère Nature

17 Aug 2012 5:17am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

What a fascinating site .............

17 Aug 2012 6:18am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

That looks like an awesome place to spend some time! These were clever folk ;-)

17 Aug 2012 6:36am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

This is a great location for shooting!

17 Aug 2012 6:39am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

I like the structures in the rocks. Have a nice day.

17 Aug 2012 6:39am

Florence from Paris, France

A great penthouse ! :-)
A very interesting documentary series Steve.

17 Aug 2012 7:24am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Thanks so much for this guided tour ! Lovely

17 Aug 2012 7:57am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Incredible... What a beautiful location ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a nice weekend :)

17 Aug 2012 7:58am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

c'est la maison préhistorique

17 Aug 2012 8:15am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5****

17 Aug 2012 10:33am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Very interesting, Great capture.

17 Aug 2012 10:50am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This reminds me of something out of the Clan of the Cave Bear series! A wonderful capture Steve! ;-)

17 Aug 2012 11:17am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Nice Steve, a place I'd enjoy:)

17 Aug 2012 11:34am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A great view here, Steve and superb text as always. I don't know why we missed going here when we lived in AZ...But it's on the bucket list now , that's for sure! Cliff dwellings are amazing, aren' tthey? Thakn you for this one -This is great!!

17 Aug 2012 12:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle grotte avec ces vielle pierres sueprbe compo et iamge.


17 Aug 2012 1:06pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom


17 Aug 2012 1:47pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

tu aspris beaucoup de photos, quand j'y suis allée, je ne faisais pas de photos alors j'ai raté tous les parcs nationaux tous plus superbes les uns que les autres... mais vaut mieux regarder devant que derrière...

17 Aug 2012 2:11pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful view. Lovely curves and textures. Amazing capture. :)

17 Aug 2012 2:22pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot and thanks for the info

17 Aug 2012 2:33pm

Navin Harish from Noida, India

Nice shot. Someone spent a great deal of time to carve out this space for shelter

17 Aug 2012 2:34pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

You have to like how inventive these people were in providing safe housing.
This is a fine shot of the interior and in closer so we get a feel for what this room must have been when lived in.

17 Aug 2012 2:55pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Some great photos, something we don't see or know too much about normally !~

17 Aug 2012 3:18pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Awesome !

17 Aug 2012 3:50pm

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

Very interesting

17 Aug 2012 4:17pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Very beautiful and interesting serie!

17 Aug 2012 4:28pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Interesting historical place.

17 Aug 2012 4:31pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - interesting and makes me want to go back in time - wonderful image. Taking a road trip in the spring hopefully and will have to put this one on the list to get to if possible. Fascinating.

17 Aug 2012 4:55pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

These ruins are impressive and it's really incredible the thought that in such a rugged place as this may have lived people ... Nice shot of this interesting place !!!

17 Aug 2012 6:19pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful shot and share.

17 Aug 2012 6:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

AN excellent shot and I enjoy the explanations very much too.

17 Aug 2012 9:18pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

this is fabulous

17 Aug 2012 11:46pm

Sahar from Tehran, Iran

A wonderful place ...and thank you for explain of its story.

18 Aug 2012 1:23am

Visu...Elle Photography from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A cave much like the ones we have here in France in the Perigord region

18 Aug 2012 3:07am

Sylvie from Bords de Loire (Anjou), France

Superb !

18 Aug 2012 12:21pm

Abena from Maseru, Lesotho

now that looks very well interesting! cool capture :)

18 Aug 2012 5:19pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very good illustrative image.

18 Aug 2012 5:32pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

it looks like a sturdy shelter with a great view.. nice capture..

18 Aug 2012 8:31pm

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome perspective of this "cave", wonderfully rich yet subdued colours and tones !!

19 Aug 2012 7:52pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Not much luxury in that house Steve.

19 Aug 2012 9:32pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Nice composition with the curves in this image.

21 Aug 2012 3:04am