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Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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From the Aztec ruins in New Mexico it is just an hour long drive before you reach Durango, Colorado. It is a scenic route that takes you through the mountains.
2791.jpeg I checked online for any RV parks that are still open for the season. The only park open was for longterm residents, no overnight campers. We checked out the Overnight parking app to see if Walmart would allow overnighters, but that flopped too. I looked online for RV parks in the neighboring town of Cortez and found La Mesa RV park. They are open yearround , located only minutes from Mesa Verde NP.
Perfect! A quick phone call served us a spot, and 30 minutes later we pulled in.
We paid $25 for full hookup using our Passport America membership card.
Once the sun started setting the temperature dropped below freezing. We didn't bother connecting our water and sewage for the night. We dumped the black and grey water tanks in the morning, cleaned the fresh water holding tank and filled up with fresh Colorado mountain water. Once we took care of that, did school and had a warm breakfast, we disconnected and drove to Mesa Verde National Park. The parking lot provides oversize vehicle & RV parking. In order to get to the cliff dwellings, the museum, all the beautiful lookouts and hiking trails, you have to drive an additional 40 minutes thru the mountains. 2811.jpeg
2808.jpeg We simply disconnected our tow vehicle from the RV, left Journey in the parking lot and drove our Liberty up the steep and narrow road.
The museum showcased artifacts, pottery and plenty of tools that were excavated or unearthed.
Unfortunately we were unable to enter the cliff dwellings due to falling rocks and the area was off limits. Too bad! I really wanted to see that up close.
We walked the trail toward the cliff, but hunger took over this group of hikers, and up again we marched. A restaurant/gift store is located within that area, serving up open faced sandwiches, burgers, soups & salads.
Boy were we happy, when we bit into our brisket with homemade coleslaw. It was delicious! 2830.jpeg
2825.jpeg W 2824.jpeg e continued checking out the last few lookouts on the loop, before driving 40 minutes back to the parking lot. 2828.jpeg

Posted by Meike Carter 16:23

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