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Mesa Verde National Park

Pueblo Land

70 °F

Relaxing at the campfire, laying all the way back in our lazy-boy style camp chairs and staring in amazement at the quilt of stars in the sky, following the edge of the Milky Way from one end of the sky to the other...that's camping at Mesa Verde National Park!

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But I'm a little ahead of myself, so let's go back to the beginning of this chapter:

The drive across southern Colorado was spectacular and intense. There were three passes we had to cross through the mountains, the highest being Wolf Creek Pass at 10,857 feet. Whew! We were sure glad to get through without any issues. Lot's of very slow moving trucks and RVs. When we finally made it to the Mesa Verde National Park entrance, we then had to drive another four miles up steep, snaking switchbacks to the Mesa where our campground was. So, needless to say, we were quite happy to finally be at our campsite! Little did we know that we would be driving more roads just like these the next day to see the Pueblo ruins deeper inside the park. No phone signal in the park and although, surprisingly they had Wifi, it was very unreliable and so hence, the delay in getting this update out.

But it was all worth it! Here are some of our favorite pics of the ruins and the canyons they are in:

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We also found two nice trails to hike with some more fabulous views:

Knife's Edge Trail

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Lookout Point Trail

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And then there were two nights of Milky Way mesmerization! Sorry, don't have the right camera for those photos but here's a link to one from someone who does.

Campground Review

We stayed at the park's Morefield Campground. This is an excellent campground with great hiking trails and wonderful archaeological sites. They even have wifi, but don't count on using it for streaming. Even at this time of year the park was very busy and we were only able to secure a dry camping space (no electric, water, or sewer hookups) but that's OK, our RV can dry camp for several days. We had deer wandering through the campground at dusk and the trailheads were very near to our campsite. Dry camping has it's advantages when you don't have a car with you because it's easy to just drive the RV wherever you need to go, nothing to unhook, which was necessary here to see the various ruins at different areas of the park. So overall, a terrific experience and highly recommended!

Now we're off to Moab, Utah for visits to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, just two hours away.

Posted by travelswitz 07:39

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