Echo Basin Ranch
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... up two other 15 ft ladders. It was really interesting to see the dwelling and also a fun experience to enter and exit. The tour lasted for about an hour and a half, and afterwards we drove through the Mesa Loop. This was a great loop with overlooks of other cliff dwellings, including the largest - Cliff Palace. We also stopped to see pit houses, which were the early structures used for settlement on the plateau of Mesa Verde. ...
... is the entrance road which is 15 miles long and leads to our hotel. From hotel, there are 2 mesas within the park, both have Indian Ruins. Yesterday we headed down the 12 mile road to Chapin Mesa and saw the Cliff Palace Tour.
Today we headed down the 14 mile road to Wetherill Mesa to take the Long House Tour. The road to Wetherill Mesa is much more challenging than the Chapin Mesa road. The mesas themselves are fairly large, ...
... the brochure. I'm not sure it was strenuous physically, but it was indeed strenuous mentally. The tour began with the old scare tactics from the Ranger. Then we took a gentle walk to a set of stairs along the cliff of the mountain. The steps led down to a small path about 50 feet down the cliff. Then the "strenuous" part started. In front of me was a 32 foot ladder (straight up) that one had to climb to get into the ancient home. I was about ready to turn around but I was ...
... happy to see it, but strangely exhausted I think by the heat and the altitude – still around the 7000 foot mark. Still can’t really get a good deep breath of air and my head keeps feeling like it’s being squashed – but that could be my visor!! Anyway, carrying on.
Then we drove hurriedly to Cortez where we hoped to check in to an older motel miraculously rated by TripAdvisor #5 of 15 hotels in Cortez, with rave ...
... 15 - The Arches National Park: More interesting rocks.
Pic 16 - The Arches National Park: Balancing rock. They make sure to tell you not to mess with it
Pic 17 - The Arches National Park: So, I drove around looking for the arches. I found a sign and pulled up. Some people told me I would have to hike through the desert to see them. So this is the booby prize, because I am not walking through no damn desert wearing this ...