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Oct 16, 2020 - Thwarted

Cortez, CO We had already been denied the opportunity to tour Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons in Arizona because of Covid-19 and we knew beautiful Monument Valley was similarly closed. Our journey continued in that vein today. Navajo National Monument is a national monument which was established to protect three well-preserved cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People: Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House. The Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Zuni, and Navajo are tribes have inhabited the canyons for centuries. Springs fed...

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Jul 11, 2020 - Murals

We have been in Cortez for almost three weeks now. The park has filled up since the 4th of July with people, like us, who are staying for a month. As I mentioned in the previous blog, Cortez is a natural stop over for tourists because of its location to the Four Corners, Mesa Verde National Park and the San Juan National Forest plus three population scenic byways (of course, all of attractions are currently closed). Cortez, the county seat, has a population of about 8,880 that makes it the most populated city in Montezuma County. The city...

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Jul 2, 2020 - Hanging out in Cortez, Colorado

After leaving Bonito Campground near Flagstaff we made an overnight stop in Gallup, New Mexico before reaching our current destination of Cortez, Colorado. We took U.S. Route 491 out of Gallup to get to Cortez. The highway runs right through a section of the Navajo and Ute Tribal Nations. The route is flat desert, very barren, and dry with Shiprock being the only major city along the way. The Navajo Nation has been hit hard by the Corona Virus and there were electronic signs all along the highway about curfews and closures. As a curious...

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Jun 30, 2020 - Mesa Verde National Park

Mon., June 29th - A travel day from Arizona to Colorado through 220 miles of absolutely nothing but arid desert landscape. But oh, so nice to head for cooler weather. Tues., June 30th – What better way to celebrate a birthday than a full day touring the magnificent cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. This huge incredible mountain top park has an abundance of archeological sites including several cliff dwellings, with Cliff Palace being the largest in North America. Between the years of 1150 and 1300, thousands of Pueblo people...

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Westward Bound Again

Apr 3, 2020 - Flagstaff, AZ to Cortez, CO

It was chilly this morning but not as cold as Flagstaff yesterday. We took Callie for a nice walk & it was pleasant in the sunshine. Today's drive was beautiful - constantly changing vistas of deserts, monuments, & mountains. Most of the day we drove thru Indian country - lots of hogans & small poor towns. Always something interesting to see. We arrived safely in Cortez & stayed hooked up. We took Callie on a long walk. Judi went into City Market to buy a few things we needed (wearing a mask - the Colorado governor just ordered everyone to...

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Oct 11, 2019 - Goodbye Gallup, hello Holbrook

10/11 Sorry for the radio (Internet?) silence, but we haven’t had great Internet service lately. We are currently in Holbrook Arizona, having arrived yesterday. It was a really easy drive and only 90 miles. We are now staying at the Holbrook KOA, nice and clean, but the weather turned cold last night, and we had to make sure our water hose didn’t freeze. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to turn the taps on a little bit so the water isn’t just sitting in the hose all night. It made me feel a bit guilty because it is a waste of...

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Oct 5, 2019 - Four Corners, Hovenweep and lousy roads

10/5 Yesterday we got up (fairly) early and set off for the Four Corners Monument, about 45 miles away. Susan had read that the monument area was “dog friendly” but when we arrived there was a big sign by the entrance that said “ No dogs allowed beyond this point”. So we couldn’t take a picture with Cooper at the actual monument. So we each went down separately while the other waited outside with the dog. There are lots of booths all around the monument, selling all kinds of authentic Native American wares, so we walked around on the...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Cortez, Colorado and Mesa Verde NP

10/3 We left Moab yesterday morning around 10:45 a.m. It was a later start than we usually like, but we needed to top off our propane as the weather in Cortez is a bit chillier than we’ve had recently. And the trip to Cortez was only 115 miles, so that was nice. The road was under construction in a few places, but other than that, it was an easy drive. We arrived at Sundance RV Park a little before 2 p.m. We had a back-in site, but with Susan’s guidance, I got the rig in fairly easily. The park has a large green grassy area in front, with...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Mesa Verde National Park

Very nice drive today, we went across Wolf Creek Pass and the 7 mile 7 percent grade with switchbacks. It was only difficult because I was required to not exceed 25 MPH due to the weight of the Motorhome. Tomorrow we hit the park I hope we can get on a tour or two tomorrow but we are here three nights so we should get a few guided tours of the cliff dwellings. Marci is a bit worried about the ladders and tunnels but I am confident she can do it. We visited Cliff Palace and Balcony House today as well as several lesser cliff houses that are...

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North to Alaska 2019

Aug 29, 2019 - Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, BLM, Delores, Colorado

Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. We stopped here for lunch on our drive from Moab, UT to Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico. We spent an hour or so in the museum. It is very well done. The museum focuses on Ancestral Puebloan, Native American, and historic cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also headquarters for visitors traveling to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. We would like to return when we...

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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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