Besides the awesome drive in, viewing the film at the park site itself (not at the in-town shuttle origin visitor's center is a must...one of the best National Park Service films we've seen. The Park Rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable. We arrived at 4 PM. Visitor center closes at 4:30, but we had time to view the film. After 3 PM, you can drive to the park visitor's center, rather than take the free shuttle. There is a park fee if you drive in. The Main Trail walk, and the two half-mile each extensions to the Long House and the Alcove are must sees. With less other visitors in late afternoon, and much cooler than durning the heat of day, we had lots of quiet time to imagine, literally, what life was almost a thousand years ago living in this scenic valley gorge in the cool building-caves along the cliff walls. This visit was a great complement to the currently occupied Sky City Pueblo, where the cliff dwellers, for reasons unknown, migrated to. One can only wonder what led these people out of the stream fed canyons to the arid high Mesa pueblo without water.
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