Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mesa Verde National Park

Have you seen The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns? We've been watching it on Netflix. It is very interesting with lots of great cinematography of the parks. In one of the episodes they talk about Mesa Verde National Park. We went there at the beginning of July while we were in Durango.

View from the deck of the visitor's center
The park is in southwestern Colorado. Located within the park are about 600 cliff dwellings.

Spruce Tree House
The Spruce Tree House is the most easily accessible ruin to get down to. There is a paved path down to it. The path is pretty steep and windy, but it's worth the hike.

Many of the dwellings are not open to the public to wander around in anymore.

And some are only accessible on a ranger guided tour.

I have a very good zoom on my camera. The above two photos are of the same dwelling. Both were taken across the canyon from the dwelling. Mesa Verde was a very interesting place to visit. I took lots of photos that day but I won't bore you with them all.

As in all National Parks, kids can become a Junior Ranger by picking up a booklet and completing a list of tasks while touring the park. My son was very excited to do this. When you complete the booklet you have to take it to a Park Ranger. So we stopped back by the Visitor's Center before leaving. There is an oath the kids have to take and then they get a Junior Ranger badge.

Taking the oath
Now look at this fabric I found at work yesterday.

How cool is that! I bought all we had left, just a little over a yard. I'm not sure what I will do with it, but I have a few ideas.


merinz said...

A wonderful place to visit! And I love the fabric.

Mama Pea said...

I love Mesa Verde. When we lived in the Four Corners area, we could ride the horses out our back gate and ride for probably 3 days without crossing a road. There were all sorts of Anasazi ruins back there that we would explore. Of course none as spectacular as Mesa Verde, but still!

That fabric is amazing! I know you'll find something awesome to do with it!