Knights Inn Cortez
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... way. Silverton is an old mining town that experienced rapid growth in the 1880s thanks to huge silver deposits being found. The free museum was really interesting and packed with a host of objects relating to the building and running of the railway.
A fair number of outdoors hunting and shooting shops caught our attention so another chance to see knives and guns!
Cortez, Mesa Verde, Durango and return - 136 miles
Native American flute music playing as we eat from a tasty breakfast buffet while looking out over some beautiful countryside. I definitely prefer this to the dry, splotchy green that has encompassed most of what we've seen since landing in Las Vegas. And GOOD-BYE miles and miles if straight roads!
... it humbling when I see these”
living simple” Pueblo people creating engineering feats (that we have just
improved on)and building structures that have lasted centuries. I cannot think
of anything built today that will be here even 1 century from now. That being
said I do enjoy my creature comforts.
Now for Balcony House. This is a ranger lead tour. We had to
walk down to just below the cliff house. Then we had to climb a 27 foot ladder
... ladder to get to the cliff palace. We viewed the round kivas and looked into some of the rooms before climbing out. We climbed stairs through rock outcroppings then three ladders surrounded by rocks to bet back to the top. Lunch was at a picnic table there. We then headed out, stopping at a couple of overlooks. We next went to the Spruce Tree House. There is a short, steep, paved trail down to this house. It is the ...
... old arrow-heads, tools, pottery, weavings (basketry) and way more - you could spend hours there. We didn't, as we wanted to see the ruins. So, the self-guided tour wasn’t really – there were two rangers there; they just didn’t lead you down the trail. It was Spruce Tree House, the best-preserved and 3rd largest cliff dwelling; they think it housed 60 to 80 people, and has 130 rooms and ...