Sierra at Seven Kiva

Seven Kivas
Anasazi Ruins

Cedar Mesa

          Seven Kivas Ruin is one of the most significant ruins in Cedar Mesa. The ruin is impressive. Kivas were the center of Anasazi (sometimes called Ancient Pueblo or Ancestral Pueblo) ceremonial and social life.

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General Information:
          Seven Kivas require a short hike. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints. Seven Kivas is rated 2A II using the Canyon Rating System. A good route description and a GPS are helpful. Navigation for this route is moderate. A BLM Backcountry Permit is required to hike Seven Kivas.

Kiva Information:
          Kivas are small, round rooms dug into the ground and were an important part of the Anasazi lifestyle. They were used for ceremonies and socializing. Kivas functioned like a church as well as a living room. And because Kivas were built underground, their roofs served a purpose too. Anasazi men and women gathered on the roof of the kiva to weave and grind corn and Anasazi children often played there. The roof of the kiva was the Anasazi's courtyard.

Shane and Sierra at Seven Kiva Shauna, Stormy and Sierra with Seven Kiva behind.

Trailhead Information:
          A high clearance vehicle is advised for accessing this trailhead.

From the trailhead looking into Road Canyon towards Seven Kiva.

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