Anasazi Cliff Palace
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Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde. It has 220 rooms and 23 kivas. From 1200 to 1300 it housed between 250 and 350 people. This amazing cliff dwelling was four stories tall and contained interior wall paintings. Access to the upper floors was gained through hatches. All of the rooms were plastered in fine clay. The lower portion of the walls were painted red and the upper portion were painted white. Where the two colors joined the Anasazi painted red triangles and dots. The triangles are believed to have represented the mountains. The color red came from mixing hematite with water and clay, and the color white came from a pure form of clay called kaolin. The paintings found here are more elaborate than most found in the Anasazi world, as well as better preserved.