Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Falls Creek Archaeological Area

Falls Creek Archaeological Area lies in a hidden side valley north of Durango. In this area ancient ruins were found in 1937 and excavated in 1940 by Dr. Earl Morris whom is also known for his work at Mesa Verde.

The ruins are from the Ancestral Pueblo Basketmaker period, 1500 to 2000 years ago and are some of the earliest known ruins of that period. The ruins are found in a large alcove in the cliff side on the west side of the valley.

The Falls Creek Archaeological Area was Created in 1993 and encompasses 1,500 acres of land. The area west of County Road 205 is closed to protect the ruins, but there is an extensive network of trails on the east  in the flat valley bottom.

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