Blogs from Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, United States, North America


Today we drove from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park via Pagosa Springs and Durango, CO. We traveled 262 miles in about 6 hours (we stopped in Durango to have a picnic). The best part about the drive was the scenery. The worst part about the drive was the traffic and construction in Durango. When we arrived at Mesa Verde, the first thing we did was explore the Mesa Top Sites. Ancestral Puebloans lived in Mesa Verde starting around 550 A.D. until about 1250 A.D. In the Mesa Top Sites you can see how their architectural style evolved from pithouses dug into the ground to 50-room cliff dwellings. We're looking forward to tomorrow when we depart for Moab, UT and Arches National Park. ... read more
Square Tower House Overlook
Sun Temple

The sheer size of Mesa Verde National Park is awe inspiring. The park includes 4,500 archeological sites; only 600 are cliff dwellings. Needless to say, we only explored a fraction of these on the day we visited. Some of us were braver than others, exploring both the Balcony House and the Cliff Palace on guided tours, We had booked on the Twilight photography tour of Cliff Palace which was a much better time to get photographs as there were less people and the lighting was much better then rather than struggling with the glare of the hot sun reflecting off the rocks. It had started to cool off a little bit too. Some history: "About AD 550, some of the people living in the Four Corners region, decided to move onto the Mesa Verde. For over ... read more
Cliff Palace.
Cliff Palace dwellings
Dwelling houses.

Day 3 & 4 Yesterday was a fairly brief day. I drove past Shiprock, uh, rock on US64. At the town of Shiprock city I turned north onto US 491for the first time. It was brief. At the city of Cortez I took a brief stop and visited Walmart to purchase a few vital pieces of equipment. The big one being a nice comfy pillow. Mission accomplished. I did notice next door an Indian natural remedy establishment so I said "what the heck" and entered. The staff was very helpful (and very happy) and showed me all types of herbal teas. The teas had odd names such as cookie dough, rainbow blast, etc. I was tempted to get some cookie dough tea as I really wanted to see how it tasted but alas I don't have ... read more
Atop of Mesa Verde looking north
Still alive (my hair is BAD underneath the cap)
Endangered Spruce Tree House

There I was rummaging around in my trusty ruckspack and thought what's this ??? And pulled out my little mouse which as you remember I thought had run away with the squirrels in Bryce , so obviously he got caught in the zip and pulled off and fell into the rucksack and he hadn't abandoned me ... Beeny was very pleased to have his little companion back!! And so back on the road again into Colorado we go on to Mesa Verde - yes mesa is table and verde is green in Spanish but somehow I hadn't imagined that this would be a huge Mesa covered in vegetation ... Trees , shrubs green stuff . We had got so used to seeing bare rock scenery that this was a surprise . Mesa Verde is the place ... read more

Day 14, Mesa Verde National Park: Latitude 37.23, Longitude -108.45, 65-75 Degrees sunny, thunderstorms threatened again but passed by. Tracey, Luc, and Alec were troopers for indulging me this stop. However, learning of Ancestral Pueblo life was very cool. Yet again, the National Park Rangers provided a great rendition of early Pueblo life at Mesa Verde. From the park entrance to the first site we toured was an hour drive. We climbed thirty foot ladders, crawled on our hands and knees through tunnels, and walked ledges to tour the home of the Ancestral Pueblo people from over a thousand years ago. The pics below that do not show scale or people and appear as if a diorama. However, I assure you they are huge and well below the roof of the mesa. After touring all of ... read more

Mesa Verde In den Bergen bei Cortez, Colorado liegt die Heimat von alten Indianer-Stämmen (Ancestral Pueblo), die sich in den Klippen einquartiert haben.... read more
Mesa Verde
there is light at the end of the tunnel
Mesa Verde

Voila je poste avec un jour de retard notre journée a Mesa Verde National Park en partant de Durango. On a bien vadrouillé sur quelques parcours de randonnées . On a pas fait grand chose seulement 5 kilomètres de marche mais sur plusieurs sentiers. Ce qui nous a permis de prendre pas mal de clichés différents des paysages. Des falaises en passant par les petites habitations des indiens.... read more

I've been dreaming of Mesa Verde for the last six months or so, dreaming of taking part in one of the tours that leads tourists throughout the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people. I was fortunate enough to have the time to participate in two tours; Balcony House and Cliff Palace and was so happy I did. I have had a bit of a different summer than I had planned, so it was good to get out on a little adventure before I get back into the habit of school. After visiting the cliff dwellings and viewing the mesa loop (most of locals were farmers, and the mesa was conducive to farming). If you are anywhere, not in the neighborhood, stop in and take a tour, its worth it.... read more
Interpretative ranger

The hike around the canyon edge (3 canyon walls actually) was precarious and primitive. We were walking in the footsteps of the first settlers of the area! Poor Belle with the thorn in her foot! She didn't complain much though. And when we made it to the petroglyphs, of course there were the "that's it?" And "all this way for rock pictures?" Was hilarious.... read more

June 22, 2014 Four Corners and Mesa Verde Today started off at a Navaho Campground at which we spent the previous night. (Much easier to put up at tent in daylight instead of the dark like the first time.) Little bit of a late start in the morning, because we wanted to wait until the park office, that gave tours opened. When we finally packed up the tent, cleaned the car, and repacked the tent it was 9:30. We then proceeded to the park office but the next guided tour didn't leave until 10:00 and we had places to be. So we did our own tour on the paved walkway down to a look-out where, with binoculars, the homes of the Hopi (cliff-dwellers) were visible. Not just visible, they were amazing and mind-blowing I still cannot ... read more

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