Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vacation 2016, Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, CO

Mesa Verde is one of our favorite national parks located about 9 miles outside of Cortez, CO. Years ago when we visited Mesa Verde we camped out in the park high up on the mesa staying at the national parks camp ground. This year we stayed at a La Mesa RV Park in Cortez with the comforts of full hook ups. Once again we marveled at the beautiful scenery of high desert mesas as we toured the park stopping at interesting view points along our way to our ranger led hikes to Balcony House & Cliff House. Although we have been to Mesa Verde many times each time we visited both of us marvel at the lasting workmanship and beauty of the old cliff dwellings.

Visitors Center

Mesa Verde
Step House self guided tour

Collared Lizard

Cliff House Ranger led tour

Ladder near entrance to Cliff House
The gentleman in the background is a hiker who we meet from Iowa

The Climb out of Cliff House

Balcony House Ranger led tour

35 foot ladder up to Balcony House

Barbara's Indiana Jones moment

Keva gathering place

20 step ladder out of Balcony House

Last steps out of Balcony House

Panoramic views of Mesa Verde

Sun Temple

View points of of cliff dwellings from loop drive

Mesa Verde National Park

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