Colorado · United States

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

About 10 years ago, I visited Colorado.  I went to the Air Force Academy and then on a tour around the state by car.  Colorado is absolutely stunning.  I was there at the end of August and into the beginning of September.  The skies are a vibrant blue and the views are jaw-dropping.  I will post later about some of the places I visited but one that stood out for me was Mesa Verde National Park.  It is located in the Southwestern part of the state near Durango.  On the way in, this is what you see …

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Entering Mesa Verde National Park

As I remember it, the drive takes awhile and loops up a mountain.  We stayed for one night at the Far View Lodge which belongs to the park.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of it while I was there but this is what it looks like …

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The views from the rear deck are vast.  The room was simple yet elegant with a very rustic shower stall. One unexpectedly nice surprise was the elaborate sterling silver tea service we found sitting where you would normally find the 1-cup coffee maker.  We  thoroughly enjoyed stepping outside beneath the twinkling nighttime stars and sipping hot tea . It felt decadent. I would highly recommend staying in this lodge for at least one night.  It is just worth it.

If you have time, drive around the park and get to know it.  Our tour was too brief and I wish we had stayed longer.  There are many park ranger- led tours available. The sites are awe-inspiring and make you wonder how they figured out how to construct dwellings into these sheer cliffs.  They must have suffered through some harsh winters.  The ancestral Pueblo actually occupied these homes for over 700 years (from A.D. 600 to 1300).  There are roughly 600 cliff dwellings.

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A “Kiva”.  This was used for religious rituals and political meetings.  (Mixing politics & religion is nothing new, apparently)

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Mesa Verde is an interesting place to learn about the history of early man.  It is very peaceful.  Maybe the solitude & the shelter from the cliffs was what drew them in.

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The town of Durango is not far away and has an amazing steam train that chugs along to the old mining town of Silverton.  I will post about that in the future.

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Wild horses wander in the park
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One of my last pictures taken at the end of the day

 

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