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Jun 20, 2019 - Mesa Verde National Park

We are currently in Cortez, Colorado which is about ten miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is not only a US national park, it is a Unesco World Heritage Park. This particular park is the only one in the park system that is based on human habitation, namely the Ancient Puebloean People. These people first lived on top of the Mesa, left the area and then later came back and with better construction techniques, built pueblo's in the alcoves of the cliffs. They only inhabited the cliff dwellings for about 85 years...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Cortez, Colorado

We decided to cancel Bluff, Utah and any Bears Ears National Monument. The issue was that the park is new (3 yrs old) and undeveloped. We are not in position to be doing back country hiking, so, we changed our plans and headed to Cortez, CO which is close to Mesa Verde National Park. When we arrived here, we found that my niece was vacationing in nearby Telluride, CO, so we went to visit her on the 19th. Pictures attached.

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May 3, 2019 - More ruins of the ancient Indians of the southwest.

Visited two sites, one 'restored', one overgrown, both well documented at the visitor center/museum. I should have my picture quota reinstated tomorrow and will catch up. The second one was larger than Cliff House at Mesa Verde, the first very public, we could enter several rooms. Tomorrow we get into New Mexico.

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Oct 5, 2018 - Driving and disappointment

I'm slow. I'm more interested in fuel efficiency and staying alive than in speed. I do pass someone from time to time. Like the local farmer poking along in a pickup stuffed with hay bales. I navigate with paper maps, except in cities. Then I use good old Google Maps for ease of navigation. I liaten to local radio if its Classical (extremely rare) or classic rock (less rare). I have a bunch of CDs but don't mind the steady drone of the engine. I almost drove to Cedar City to take in a play at its Shakespeare festival. Plenty of tickets...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Back to Cortez

We left our campsite at Slickhorn#2 and headed back to Colorado. Rains are supposedly coming in tomorrow and you don't want to get stuck in the Utah red mud! We almost went south to NM but decided to head north to I70 in Colorado. We stopped and had a great early supper at Gustafson's Mexican restaurant in Cortez. It was excellent- chili Verde pork burrito and a carnita burrito both covered in green chili sauce. You know it's good when Bill keeps going on about it! We fueled up and headed back to McPhee reservoir where we can get cell...

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Sep 24, 2018 - McPhee cg

We stopped in Durango as Bill was going to get an eye shot tomorrow but they called and said insurance wasn't going to pay unless he had an exam. We didn't want to wait around for 3-4 days so we did some grocery shopping and headed to Cortez. Did more resuppling since we're going to the boonies of Utah tomorrow. We're camping at McPhee reservoir above Cortez, humidity 21 percent and it's 73 degrees. The CG only has one loop open and only 3 groups here so it's quiet! Probably won't have cell service for the next couple of days.

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Apr 20, 2018 - Mesa Verde

Absolute awesome day... well worth the trip! It was a chilly and windy day and as it was early in the season several sites were not yet open or closed due to the wind. We actually had snow flurries while there. That said there were still many visitors. I can only imagine how crowded this national park is in warmer weather when school is out. (a little aside - used our America the Beautiful pass and got in free. If you don't have one and are planning a trip you may wish to look into purchasing one) The history of the Mesa Verde and its...

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Apr 13, 2018 - The Four Corners and Valley of the Gods Loop

The morning began with some maintenance on the truck and rv trying to release both vehicles of tons of sand from yesterdays drive. Nothing like a leaf blower to get the job done. In the last 36 hours we have gone from warm 80's and calm, to high winds and a sandstorm and today has been windy and in low 50's. Snow showers have been all around us but thankfully we have not had any of that. After the cleanup we headed to visit The Four Corners. The Four Corners monument is located on the Colordo Plateau Southwest of Cortez, Colorado. It quads...

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Sep 5, 2017 - One Helluva Road Trip

We stayed in Ely for two days to rest and chill. Like all the other towns we’ve revisited it has grown a lot since our last trip through. We continued on Hwy. 50 and found it actually lonelier than “the loneliest road”, we saw hardly any traffic until we connected with I-70 at Holden. I-70 between Denver and I-15 is one of the most beautiful drives we’ve been on. Spectacular scenery! We stopped at Green River, Utah and spent one night then drove on to Cortez, CO where we are now. Cortez is the home of daughter Judy and her husband Greg and...

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May 11, 2017 - Monticello, UT to Cortez, CO

We weren't in a hurry to get started this morning. We only had 72 miles to drive today. We crossed the border into Colorado just 22 miles after we left Monticello. This is an agricultural area - hay & beans. We drove thru Dove Creek, CO - Pinto Bean Capitol of the World. We stopped at Adobe Milling Company & bought Anasazi & bolito beans. (We still have some pinto beans from the last time we were here.) We drove thru Cortez & on toward Mancos to the Mesa Verde RV Resort. We're backed onto a grassy area - very nice. After getting set up we...

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Nov 8, 2016 - Cortez, CO

Goodbye to Utah! Our route to all the places we have visited looks like a drunken wandering, but there is some logic to the path we have taken. We started with a list of where we wanted to go, mapped the route, and started making plans, only to discover several destinations that would be hard to visit because all the campgrounds would be closed due to seasonal closings! We checked the average temps and discovered that even some roads would be closed due to snow! So, we did more research and made a plan to visit the coldest places first so...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Leaving Utah

Sep 28, 2016: Today we spent a leisure day of riding and looking at the scenery of Utah for the last time. We were planning on going to Mesa Verde but looking at maps we decided to go to a place called Hovenweep NM. We had been to Mesa Verde before so thought this would be something different and am glad we did. I was amazed at the buildings that were built in the 1200 hundreds and how they built them that some of the remains are still here even being built on the sides of banks around the canyon. We saw wild horses on public lands and...

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Trip West 2016

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