Four States in under one hour
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
Mesa Verde RV Resort Mancos
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Since we only stayed here one night it did not take long to pack up. We drove a few miles south back to Arizona and then hung a left toward the east through various Native American communities. Many of these places look so impoverished but with this land that the US government put them on, it’s no wonder. No minerals to mine and the ground is too dry to farm. As a kid I always wondered why most of the "Indians" lived out west. At least they can operate casinos and earn a little money. After 45 min. we hung another left up toward the famous geographical oddity that is the Four Corners.
This is where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona all meet. It is owned by the Hopi tribe and they charge $3 a person to come view this. It is really just a photo stop but a bunch of people were there to take this photo of the Four Corners. I guess I’m not the only fan of geography in the world. All around this were little Native American kiosks selling mostly jewelry of which Pooh and I have no interest. There were a few places selling food of which Pooh got a fry bread with honey and I got a fry bread with taco stuff on top. I asked for some hot sauce and they gave me this homemade salsa that burned my tongue off and caused bathroom problems later in the evening
Back on the road it was 45 min. to our campsite outside of Mesa Verde National Park. We had to go though the biggest town in Southwestern Colorado, Cortez. It is one of those small towns that has everything as all the chains are here. Good place to stock up on food and diesel since it was under $4 here. The RV park was called, appropriately, Mesa Verde RV Resort. We could have stayed in the national park but it was four miles into the park and all up hill and no hook ups. Since we were going to be gone during long periods of the day over the next few, we needed hook ups. And this place is one of the best private campgrounds we have ever stayed. First, it has a Jacuzzi. Now I like a nice hot Jacuzzi at the end of a long day of hiking. That hits the spot. I don’t really care for pools as they are usually full of screaming kids – not my idea of a teachers vacation. They also had a huge area out back to walk the dog with a few ponds to keep it interesting. And the whole park was very clean. It did cost $35 a night which is a tad high for me, but it was worth it. The best thing was the WiFi which was the fastest of the trip. I did a few days of pictures in no time.
After a Chinese dinner that I cooked, we took a little evening drive into Mesa Verde National Park
Observations so far: 1) Tons of motorcycles out here – the Harley types with all black and lots of facial hair. Not so many at the National Parks but many around the Native American areas. 2) Where are the African Americans? I remember Oprah doing a special on why blacks do not do the outdoors. I thought maybe after that there would be an increase. But no. I’m lucky to see one African American a day on this trip. I see them in the cities like Phoenix and Tucson, but none in the Grand Canyon, Zion, Moab, or other National Park or Native American areas. 3) Tons of Germans. The Germans have really helped the tourism economy around the National Parks – and they are big spenders. Other Europeans are here too. Glad their economies are doing better.