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- Refrigerator in room
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... br> When we left, it was about a 30 minute ride back to the hotel, but the road to the Cliff Palace was actually part of a 2 mile loop that ran along the mesa edge. We stopped at a couple of overlooks to take pictures. As we were riding down this narrow, one lane, one way loop on the edge, observing the 15 mph speed limit, a group of Italian tourists in an SUV came up behind me. Evidently they were thinking we were ...
... people used the Mesa top for growing crops and the majority lived below in the buildings make of brick-shaped dressed stone and mortar, not dissimilar from the techniques we use today.
Of the 4,500 archeological sites within the park, 600 are cliff dwellings of which only five can be visited. They are spaced miles apart so we chose to visit just one, the Cliff Palace. With over 150 separate rooms the Cliff Palace site is the ...
... to anyone - but it's so popular with the locals, probably best to go outside "office" lunch time. We only had coffee and shared a panini (which was scrumptious) but we spent a lot of time talking to the owners who were about our age. So the lunch break was an hour plus! Tierra Amarillo is a shadow of its former self, with just a few hundred people these days. Check it out here ...
National Monuments, and Mesa Verde National Park. Visit Mesa Verde NP after
May. This is when the entire park is open. We were able to tour Balcony House
but Cliff House and Long House were still closed. It is pretty amazing that you
are able to walk around these 800+ year old structures. We were able to see
Cliff House from overlooks but it was closed (normally open) due to some restorations
and would open the end of May. Long House is located in ...
... Verde Visitor Centre and laboratory, and spent a quiet hour reviewing the information and exhibits there. Back to the hotel to sit and enjoy the sun with a good book for another hour. So, here we are, now off to the Holiday Inn across the street, which has a bar and grill, and our hotel gave us a "one free drink" chit, so that's the place tonight!
Tomorrow, another early start heading for St. George, Utah, on our way out to the West ...