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Ceremonial Cave
The restored kiva in Ceremonial Cave. The ranger and party are standing on the roof of the circular chamber.


Principal Ruins of the National Monument

CEREMONIAL CAVE. A restored kiva of very different type may be found up the canyon nearly a mile. By climbing a series of ladders to a ledge 150 feet above the stream, the great rock overhang known as Ceremonial Cave can be reached. Under the shelter of this arch a number of masonry dwellings and a kiva were once built; the subterranean kiva, excavated and reroofed, is very small but would have served the needs of the few families who lived on this impregnable balcony.



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