Retro Inn At Mesa Verde
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Crikey, it's Sunday, day eight of our trip. A relaxing start this morning before heading up to the Mese Verde National Park, the park gate being about 25 minutes from our motel. From the park entrance we had to drive 18 miles through the park on winding roads cut into the hillside. We had had a lot of rain overnight and it was still raining a bit …
Taking it a lot easier today. Unfortunately we had no wi-fi, cell data or voice coverage this morning. It may have been due to last night's storms and the skies were still really dark. The roads were completely empty as we made our way towards the Four Corners and it rained hard several times. After about an hour we tipped the other side of a ridge …
... fuel load.
Then a ranger-led tour of Cliff Palace, the biggest cliff dwelling in USA. When inhabited , home to 150 people, who had previously lived on the mesa top. Amazing preservation, considering it was abandoned by the Ancient Puebloans, after living there for about 50 years, in 1300. They moved elsewhere, some to the Hopi settlements nearby and some to New Mexico. Joined about 50 people to climb down steps and ...
... and encompasses more than 170,000 acres of high desert. There are thousands of archaeological sites that have been recorded in the monument, and thousands more await documentation and study. We did visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, near Dolores, CO, which provides up-to-date visitor information, maps exhibits and advice on travel conditions. There is only one "official" trail within the monument. We intend to return someday for further exporation.
... cute, but he moved too fast for us to grab a picture. We were within 30 feet and that’s the closest any of us has ever been to a wild bear.
We checked into the Lodge, unpacked and settled in for the evening. The kids had borrowed Chess and Taboo games from the registration area, so Mac attempted to teach Cheryl chess. We’d be sleeping with the windows open, feeling the fresh mountain air. Happy dreams!
Tomorrow: Exploring Mesa ...