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They say that if you're going to stay in Kokopelli's Cave Bed and Breakfast, you have to really want to — and after hearing about the incredible view from the cave entrance, we do! In 1980, geologist Bruce Black had a cave blasted into a cliff wall near New Mexico's Mesa Verde National Monument for use as an office. Some years later, he and his wife decided to turn the comfy “hole in the wall” into what is certainly one of the most out-of-the-way and difficult to access bed and breakfasts in the world.

Kokopelli's Cave (named for the Native American god Kokopelli) is seventy feet below the top of the cliff — quite a walk down a winding path and stone steps if you have a lot of luggage, so you'll want to pack light. And don't forget that at the end of the path you have to climb down a ladder to reach the cave's porch.

But the walk is worth it! The cave is almost 1,700 square feet carved from ancient sandstone, and it stands 280 feet above the river below with an unparalleled view of mountain ranges in four different states! Unlike any cave you've ever been in before, this one has electricity, running water, a full kitchen stocked with breakfast foods, a washer and dryer, a TV with DVD player, a waterfall-style shower, and a flagstone Jacuzzi.

In keeping with the history of the area, there's also a circular room or kiva like those thought to be used for ceremonial purposes by the ancient Anasazi.

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