Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Our next stop was Mesa Verde National Park, just west of Durango. After a quick stop at an information place to pick up a map, (closed on Saturdays but had maps of SW Colorado in a stand outside), we drove to the park. The park entrance is at the bottom of a 20mile steep, winding road which took us almost an hour to drive with a few photo stops. Arriving at the museum which acts as the winter visitor centre, we were too late for the 1pm tour to Spruce Tree House which is one of the only cliff dwellings open to the public. However, there was another one leaving at 3.30pm so after discussing it with a park ranger we decided to have lunch and then drive the Mesa Top Loop. This a 6 mile auto tour with view points of the cliff dwellings and also pithouses, (underground rooms). The cliff dwellings were awesome and we were looking forward to the tour down into one
Up around 7am, had breakfast, picked up a few supplies from Walmart and headed out towards the Four Corners Monument after stopping at the Colorado Welcome Centre to pick up a proper state map of here and Utah.