Here's Karen on the path that descends about 180 feet to the level of the cliff homes. Fortunate for us that the trail is now paved with concrete steps and handrails.
Most of the cliff homes we observed seemed to be at the same level in the canyon, possibly due to the natural caves already carved into the hillside. In this picture you can see some remaining walls in the cave in the middle of the picture. I don't think sleepwalkers lasted long in this community.
The girls demonstrate the height of one of the taller rooms in the homes we visited.
In addition to viewing the neighbors' homes across the canyon, the walking trail afforded beautiful views of the cliff faces where the layers of sandstone (lower) and limestone (upper) were obvious. I liked the look of the cliff in this shot in that you can see juxtaposed layers of sandstone indicative of turbulent water when these layers were laid down in the great flood.
This image of visitors to the site in the 1890s illustrates the popularity of exploring these abandoned homes. This photo was taken before the area was claimed by the U.S. Forest Service, so there were no paved paths or carefully maintained steps. It's images like this that make us laugh at folks that think hiking in a skirt is unthinkable. Look at the ladies in this image: they're dressed in long skirts, poofy blouses, corsets, and cute little hats, and they've just scrambled 180 feet down into the canyon for an afternoon outing. And we today think we're tough! Thanks for visiting!