Doug & Barbara Peterson

Doug & Barbara Peterson
Barbara & I at a scenic overlook on the skyline drive in the Rocky Mountain National Park, 8-13-2016

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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