We are off to visit a few of the ruins of the prepuebloans who lived in the area around Cortez, Colorado. On the way we drove through a good deal of the Navajo Reservation, stopping several times along the way for photographs of isolated formations, and a thunderstorm east of Kayenta.
We spent two days in Mesa Verde National Park visiting ruins, hiking, and seeing petroglyphs. The evening we got to the Park, we signed up for a tour of Long House with a Ranger, and went to the Montezuma Valley Overlook to get a feel of the area.
Our first full day was filled with several adventures on Chapin Mesa. We took the hike to Petroglyph Point which was about 2.5 miles along the edge of a canyon and at times a bit trying with a rocky trail climbing and descending along the way. It was worth it as we had some great views and a nice panel of figures to see. Along the way we met a Ranger who pointed out a ruin across the canyon from us which I believe she had just found.
|Mesa Verde Approach|
|Chapin Mesa Museum|
|A Distant Cliff House|
Back at Spruce Tree Terrace we enjoyed a light lunch before heading for the self guided tour of the Spruce Tree House Ruins. As we started down the trail it began to rain. We soon stopped and put on our light ponchos, and soon were glad that we did. The rain came down quite hard for a time, and actually flooded the trail for short time. While standing among the ruins we were dry, but there were waterfalls occurring over the lip of the canyon.
The rain came down quite hard for a time, and actually flooded the trail for short time. While standing among the ruins we were dry, but there were waterfalls occurring over the lip of the canyon.
Our departure was delayed by the flooding of the trail but it subsided after about 20 minutes and we were able to get out of the canyon and up to our car.
It continued to rain the rest of the afternoon, so we headed back to Cortez.