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Posts tagged “Mesa Verde

West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

 

Not being a morning person, you know that when I get up on my own and am out shooting before the sun comes up, there is something special going on. Mesa Verde National Park is an amazing place! I was incredibly well rested, sleeping at over 8000 ft. elevation. The Far View Lodge is very comfortable, but don’t expect things like TV to disrupt your stay. As it was, it was dark by the time we returned to the room after dinner, and little to do but sleep. After I slipped quietly from the room, it was like I had the whole park to myself. Far View does live up to it’s name. It is nearly fifty mile to the distant ridge on the horizon at the right. In the nearer distance, the scrub oaks and other shrubs are starting to turn to their fall foliage.

In the best light…

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Cliff Palace Details

Cliff Palace Detail

Cliff Palace is one of the more popular attractions at Mesa Verde National Park.

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Memory Lane – Oct 12, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Five – Mesa Verde

A really easy day today; there was only about 100 miles driving. We started with a quick trip to Wal-Mart and then fill the tank, and got going about 10:40am. It seems like no matter how early you get started your time gets eaten up before you know it. The drive north from Farmington was all four-lane with cross-traffic. We travelled through little towns and past farms with cows and horses, very pastoral. Crossing the Colorado border, the road changed to a two lane with winding curves past hay farms and ranches bursting with vivid yellows and oranges from the autumn foliage. Dropping down into Durango, the Animas River Valley narrows and the town is built up on the sides of the hills. We turned west onto US160 and started climbing up over the hills with very little drop down to Mancos. It’s a picturesque little town in a wide valley. In no time we were at the exit for Mesa Verde National Park. From US160 at 6950 ft, we drove up and up, around switchbacks, back and forth, through a tunnel to Park Point Overlook 8572 ft, only two thirds of the way to Far View Lodge.

Sherri, John and Hobie at the Mancos Valley Viewpoint (more…)