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Mesa Verde National Park - a Photo Album on Flickr

Mesa Verde National Park - a Photo Album on Flickr

Jun 17th, 2014, 07:41 PM
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Mesa Verde National Park - a Photo Album on Flickr

I've posted about 40 photos from a 2010 family visit to Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado, which you can reach by clicking on the link below. This was a wonderful travel experience for our family.

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Jun 18th, 2014, 12:19 AM
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Thank you for sharing.

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Jun 18th, 2014, 04:41 AM
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Great photos and thanks for posting the link.
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Jul 23rd, 2014, 03:53 AM
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Great photos. Very motivating.
How long did you spend in the Park?
Any advice on what to do to get the most out of the visit?
We're tossing up whether to spend two nights in the park or one.
The one night involves driving from Santa Fe to the Park arriving about 2 in the afternoon, buying tickets for the tour the next day, checking in and may be taking a drive. The following day doing two guided walks and a drive before heading back to Durango. Is that feasible? If we do two nights, then we would need to reduce our stay in the Durango, Silverton, Ouray area from 4 nights to 3 nights.
All suggestions welcome.
Also any suggestions on the Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride area, including accommodation ideas.
Thanks in advance.
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Jul 23rd, 2014, 07:37 AM
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Thank you for posting. I am a bit scared of the ladder situation so not sure I'll ever make it.

Hovenweep is another beautiful set of ruins in the area, for those interested

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Jul 27th, 2014, 08:53 PM
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Glad you enjoyed the photos. Let me try and respond to your questions:

We arrived in Mesa Verde late one afternoon, coming from Durango. We got in too late to do any sightseeing that day.

The next morning, we got up and did the following:

- Far View House (self-guided touring)
- Cliff Palace (Ranger tour)
- Balcony House (Ranger tour) - smaller cliff dwelling, but very distinctive; reached by climbing a 30' ladder and then exiting through about a 3' by 18" tunnel
- Spruce Tree House (self-guided)
- Wetherill Mesa/Long House (Ranger tour)

The next day we got up, and drove from Mesa Verde, to Four Corners, to Chaco Canyon, to Albuquerque.

I felt like we were able to cover Mesa Verde's high points. These can be done in a full day, if you plan carefully and keep moving. A key thing to keep in mind is that the approach road from the valley below Mesa Verde to the Visitor's Center/Far View Lodge takes a minimum of 45 minutes -- it's very curvy and steep.

If you get there early afternoon on one day, and leave 24 hours later, one night at Mesa Verde might suffice, but I was really glad we were there for two. Once the Park closes, you share this entire massive expanse only with the relative handful of other guests at the Far View Lodge. Our cell phones wouldn't work there. It's an amazing experience.

And by all means stay at Far View Lodge within the Park, not in Cortez.

We stayed in Durango for only one night: arrived late afternoon, took a pleasant walk along the pedestrian trails along the river, played mini-Golf and had dinner, then did the Durango-Silverton railroad trip the next day, which was great. However, the lunchstop in Silverton struck me as just about enough to see this relatively small town. I have a few photos from Dyurango, Silverton and the train trip up in another album on Flickr:


I've also done a photo album for Monument Valley:


and for Chaco Canyon:


and for the sights of Santa Fe:


and for the High Road to Taos:


and for Bandelier National Monument, NW of Santa Fe:


Can't recall where we stayed in Durango. It was a perfectly satisfactory but colorless motel on the roads leading out of town to the north. It's main advantage was its proximity to the hiking/biking trail along the river.
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Jul 28th, 2014, 06:41 PM
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Thanks, mlgb. Hovenweep is still on my list of things to see in the Four Corners area. That's a really nice set of photos. I look forward to checking out some of the others on your web page as well.
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