The trip up the switchbacks is hair-raising, to say the least. We took our tiny rental car up the mountainside, and my children in back were incredibly nervous and clutching each other!! Thankfully, we only encountered one car on the way up and that was stressful enough!! Be sure to take heed of the hours of "operation": 8 - 2:45. We got there at 2:30 and were denied entry. That just gave us an incentive to go back the next morning (yes, we are gluttons for punishment on crazy cliff-side roads). This time, no traffic coming down, and none going up as we were exiting.
To see the ruins properly, allow an hour - not including your drive up. (Yes, I was skeptical, but to truly take it all in and see it at a reasonable pace, that's exactly what it was - and we were not clock-watching.) As other reviewers have stated, it was insanely windy and the temps were quite brisk, being the end of December. (Incredibly, though, on our first attempt, we had warm weather with practically zero winds!)
I find this place spectacular. It was mind-boggling as to how it was constructed, and how people actually existed up there. Amazing! Out of the entire site, the theater stood out to me the most.
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