Mesa Verde – Sun Temple

On top of the mesa, across Cliff Canyon from the Sun Point overlook, sits Sun Temple.

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According to the signage, this curious structure was probably constructed near the end of the time during which people lived in the cliff dwellings below.  It has no doors, windows or firepits, and there was no evidence that it ever had a roof.  It is thought to have been left unfinished and was perhaps intended to be some type of ceremonial facility.

The Park Service added the pinkish roofing material between the walls you’ll see in the following photos, probably to divert rain water from building up inside the structure.  Some of the exterior walls were quite tall so it was difficult to see inside.

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