A Side Trip to Colorado

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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A&A Mesa Verde RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Thursday, April 22, 2010

A while back when we realized that we were behind in our itinerary, we decided that we would skip Utah and Colorado and save them for a subsequent trip.  But we ended up with a short foray into southern Colorado.  We drove up to the Four Corners Monument (where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico boundaries meet) only to find out that the monument was closed due to construction.  At that point, we weren't very far away from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, so we decided to head up there instead of continuing into New Mexico.

That wasn't the smartest decision we've made.  We ended up in very cold weather and discovered that half the park was closed at this time of year.  The only day that we had to see the park sites, the weather was not only cold but very windy which eliminated any chance for hiking.  Even at the overlooks, we were out only long enough to take photos and then get back in the car.

To be honest, what we did see of Mesa Verde didn't impress us.  The only thing of interest are the Anasazi ruins that are in the park.  We saw plenty of those at Canyon de Chelly,  In my humble opion, Canyon de Chelly is more worthy of national park status than Mesa Verde.  But then again, we didn't see Mesa Verde under the best conditions.

But we can now add another national park and another state to our trip list and the mountain views were tremendous.  After leaving Mesa Verde, we overnighted in nearby Durango, CO -- a very cool town that reminded us of Ann Arbor (but with mountains!).

Southward to New Mexico...land of enchantment!
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