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Mesa Verde National Park Sights

Sun Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 07/23/2013

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Although researchers assume it was probably a ceremonial structure, they're unsure of the exact purpose of this complex, which has no doors or windows in most of its chambers. Because the building was not quite half-finished when it was left in 1276, some researchers surmise it might have been constructed to stave off whatever disaster caused its builders—and the other inhabitants of Mesa Verde—to leave.

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Mesa Top Loop Rd., about 2 miles south of Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, 81330, United States

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–sunset

Updated 07/23/2013


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