Cliff Palace and Balcony House are all located on this one-way road (not-so) creatively named Cliff Palace Loop. On the way back to the main road I stopped at a couple of the overlooks to take photos of some of the smaller cliff dwellings. Although Cliff Palace may be the most famous, there are actually around 600 dwellings in the park!
My first stop was the dwelling called House of Many Windows (yet another “original” name). I’ll give you three guess why they named it that and the first two don’t count.
My other stop was Hemenway House names after Mary Tileston Hemenway, a Massechusetts socialite who supported archaeology in the Southwest. Although she never visited Mesa Verde, this cliff dwelling was named after her in honor of her many contributions.
I did not in fact hike Soda Canyon Overlook trail. Sorry to disappoint, but by that point in the afternoon I was incredibly hungry, hot and tired. Lunch and a trip to the gift shop just sounded like a better deal.