2010 Travels travel blog

Echo Basin RV Resort: Note snow capped San Juan National
Forest peaks in...

Our site at Echo Basin RV Resort...
An exceptional place!

We had ducks in "our lake" this morning...

Mesa Verde Nat'l Park: We climbed that "hill"
and circled around the mesa.

Mesa Verde Nat'l Park: Cliff dwellings

Mesa Verde Nat'l Park: Cliff dwellings

Our visit to Mesa Verde Nat'l Park included
elevations in excess of 8,300'.

Fri, 21 May: This morning we had a leisurely 125 mile drive from Gooseneck State Park to Mancos, CO, the gateway town for Mesa Verde National Park. We are staying at Echo Basin Resort RV, which is located at 7,800' elevation amid a pine forest. We can see snow capped peaks in the San Juan National Forest to our northeast (see image). A lovely setting and a nice place to plug in and charge our batteries as well as filling and emptying appropriate tanks after four days of boondocking.

The drive was notable in its beauty and long stretches of empty highways. We took US 163 from Gooseneck SP to US 160 north of Four Corners. We stopped at the Walmart in Cortez, CO for "essentials" and then drove the remaining 20some miles to our mountain "aerie". This is our first time in Colorado, which makes it the thirty-fourth state we've visited in the motorhome.

Tomorrow & Sunday we play tourist and visit Mesa Verde NP. More anon...

Sat, 22 May: This morning we packed our trusty picnic lunch, loaded cameras & related accoutrements in Carpe Dinkum, and headed to Mesa Verde National Park some ten miles away. The day was bright, sunny, cool, and very windy!. We arrived at the park, used our trusty OF cards for admission, and started the climb to the Visitor Center.

Mesa Verde means Green Mesa, as in tabletop mountain... The park entrance is at 6,700' elevation and the Visitor Center sits atop the mesa at an elevation of 7,700'. In the process of driving to the Visitor Center we climbed to more than 8,300', and the Focus did a wonderful job. Remember when cars had carburetors and high altitude driving meant changing "jets"? We've come a long way baby.

Anyway, the roads inside the park are in the process of "renovation", meaning they're all torn up. It was not a very pleasant drive, but once "up top" we did get to see several of the cliff dwellings. The views were poor due to the blowing dust, so we took very few pix. We had lunch at a park picnic area and had all we could do to keep our sandwiches on the table. We're now back home, and the wind is howling. We expect to be rocked to sleep tonite.

We decided we won't go back to the park tomorrow but will explore other area attractions before heading out for Moab on Monday.

Old Fart card aka Golden Age Passport

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