The family went on a one day and two nights trip to Mesa Verde National Park this week. We drove 7 hours to Durango, where we stayed, then drove another 45 min to Mesa Verde through amazing beauty for a full day of viewing and touring.
Mesa Verde was extremely beautiful and took my breath away. It was fascinating to learn about the Indians that lived there over 1400 years ago (from 550 A.D. to 1300), and seeing their dwelling places left behind like ghost towns, was awe.
Here are photos from that trip:
^ Everything was not all beautiful. There was a stretch of land that looked like this. It was a quiet, sad, and almost ominous drive through this area. We learned from the tour guides that this was the result of a fire caused by lightning in 2002. It will take at least 300 years to grow back to the what it originally looked like.
^ We visited the museum where we saw dioramas, displays, and watched a short video on the history of the Indians in Mesa Verde. Kida had seen the video already at school so she rolled her eyes and complained for the 20 minutes I was watching with my mouth opened…LOL.
^ On this tour, we climbed a 32 feet ladder to the dwelling. We also went through doors which were just tiny crack or openings between rocks. The spaces were so small I almost thought I wouldn’t make it across but there were people who were much bigger and they made it without a problem. I did put a few scratches on my camera though.
On our exit, we climbed two 10-foot ladders and then the side of a 60-foot cliff with stone steps carved in. It was pretty steep and I was scared for the girls but they enjoyed it.
It was a wonderful trip full of history. It warms my heart to have experienced this.