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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez October 27th 2017

While planning my trip from Vernal UT to Grand Junction CO for a two-night stop to visit friends, I had decided to take US 40 east to Dinosaur CO, CO 64 south to Rangely CO and then CO 139 south to I-70; however, conversation with a couple of locals the day before my departure sabotaged that plan. I was told that portions of the road were unsuitable for pulling a trailer and that it would be just as quick to head west and then south on US 191 all the way to I-70. According to Google Maps, the westerly route is 2 hours and 130 miles longer, but I decided “better safe than sorry.” I don’t know if the information was accurate or if they were just having some cowboy fun, but, then again, I don’t ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez July 30th 2017

A quick glance at the map confirms that our next destination of Cortez, Colorado is just over 2 hours away. That gives us some extra time in our schedule today. It’s already 80 degrees in Bluff and we grab a few items from a very basic continental breakfast at the hotel. While Antonio isn’t looking I also borrow a pair of scissors and cut the tarp into the appropriate size. It does make it much easier to wrap, and the end result looks a little neater than the previous day. We head East and have decided to make a small detour to four corners. This is the only place in the U.S. where four different States come together in one point; effectively making it possible to stand in all four States at one time. The desert ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez June 12th 2017

We woke to the alarm as usual but not the same jump to get going this morning. Everyone's starting to feel a little weary after 600kms of desert riding and sapping heat. Despite that we're ready to go at 6:30am with Tom in the RV for the first drive. Just as we take off Dave says his gears won't change properly. We all have a bit of a look and as we're adjusting it the gear cable snaps. That's a problem, a big problem. Out comes the tool kit and Dave even thought to bring spare cables but we can't get the cable out of the gear shifter. Change of plan, Dave does the driving to start with and Tommy is on the road, we think about if there,s a bike shop in Cortez where we ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez April 29th 2016

We left the beauty of Moab behind and headed to Cortez, Colorado. On our drive to Cortez we encountered snow at Monticello, UT. Thankfully it was for only a few miles and it was melting on the road as it fell. Once we got the trailer set up we headed out to the Anasazi's Heritage Center which has detailed exhibits of artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloans that lived in this area for over 8 centuries. This was very informative about these people who lived in the four corner area possibly as early as 1500 BC until 1300 AD when they moved south to New Mexico and Arizona. The next day we went to Mesa Verde National Park which protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the United States. There are opportunities to ... read more
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House
Mesa Verde Cliff Dwelling

North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez April 25th 2016

Ready to leave Albuquerque and keep going. We decided to take a stop at Cortez halfway to Moab. The drive was gorgeous, petroglyphs, mountains, all different types of rock formations in varying colors and sizes. We thought the wind was strong up on the West Mesa but it picked up and hounded us the entire drive. Roy had a fun few hours behind the wheel. Thank goodness we have dual wheels in the back of the truck or it would have been worse. There were a lot of rolling hills and the truck had its work cut out for it as we entered Colorado. The only near miss today was having stopped for a quick break someone left the steps down (Roy) to the RV and the handle out, luckily I caught them waving at me ... read more
Read the Signs
Entering Colorado
Colorado Rockies

North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez July 9th 2015

Day 13: Mileage to start the day 3150. Latitude 37.34, Longitude-108.74.Temp was supposed to be 81 when we arrived in Cortez, CO but it is 65 and cloudy again; ending mileage for the day 3418. Today is another travel day. Shorter though, only a four and a half hour drive to our destination. Once again we filled up on a great breakfast at the Evergreen Cafe and said goodbye to Amy and Halle who were so nice to us the last couple days--they liked our appetites and Luc's Pink Floyd T shirt. We left the Thunder Lodge to make our way further West and South. Not long after we climbed into Silver Sally, Luc broke out the Madlibs. As we passed through the Rockies, we (Tracey and I) were overcome with this impressive site to behold. ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez March 16th 2015

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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez June 22nd 2014

Saturday, 21 June, 2014 We drove south from Moab, through varied scenery, past Wilson Arch and Church Rock to Monticello, UT. At Monticello we turned east on Hwy 491 and drove through green farm valleys and tidy small towns to Cortez, CO. Our campground is right across the highway from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. After setting up the camper, we drove through Mesa Verde, stopping at overlooks. Kerry and Sean walked down to Spruce Tree House ruins, where Sean got to climb down a ladder into one of the rooms. Then back to camp so Sean could swim and play mini golf and I could do laundry. Sunday, 22 June, 2014 We drove down to Four Corners so Sean could stand in 4 states at one time. The Navajo tribe own the property ... read more
Mesa Verde NP
Mesa Verde NP
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North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez July 17th 2013

July 17th, 2013 7:55pm Mt Time Day 8 We left Walsenburg at 7:20am, weather was sunny and cool, our travel today is 303 miles to Cortez, CO. We drove 24 miles to the Old La Veta Pass, 5.6 miles of winding dirt roads. The scenery was beautiful, rocks had fallen off mountain and onto the road. We stopped at the summit in Uptop Ghost town. There is one house there that someone lives in, I believe they take care of the other buildings. There is a one room museum and a small Church and a few other buildings. The elevation at the La Veta Pass summit is 9,414 ft. You can search the Old La Veta Pass on the Internet. The mountain range is gorgeous. We made it up another mountain with an elevation of 9363 ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Cortez April 13th 2013

June 28, 2012. You know those signs in the Parks that read “Authorized Personnel Only”? Well, I got permission to travel down two of those roads at a certain Park (whose name I won’t mention). One road was to the “Maintenance Area” and the other went to the “Boneyard”. The Boneyard is where the old equipment and new building materials are stored. My day started at the Maintenance Yard (actually it started several hours earlier when I woke up and ….). I don’t think we really want to go there. TMI. Anyway, the first thing that I noticed at the Maintenance Area was the two contradictory signs I blogged about back in May of 2009. Now I know about the life cycle of signs: Made in the maintenance area, put into use, back to the maintenance ... read more
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