Monday, April 11, 2011

More Hippy Towns and Amazing Dwellings in Mesa Verde NP

After leaving Orvis Hot Springs, we heard Ouray was a must-see town. Very picturesque with the mts so close by and trying to hold on to some of the Western roots. We then visited Telluride a hippy ski resort area. Ski season is over leaving these areas as a ghost town, but still worth a quick visit and grab a beer ad nachos at the Smugglers.

We headed SW to Cortez for a 2 night couch surf as it is very close to Mesa Verde NP. Camping is still closed there, but luckily they started the Cliff Dwellings tour a day before we got there. Finally had a sunny great day at a park. The dwellings were discovered in 1888 and it became a park in 1906. The dwellings dated back from AD 550-1300.

It was nice to be at a park before it gets crowded in the summer. Got to stop at all the overlooks and had the popular Petroglyph Point Trail 2.4 miles, round-trip with awesome views of the canyons. Click here for pix.

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