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Hey everybody! If you're driving in for the Summit and are considering some other sight seeing check out Mesa Verde near Cortez, CO. We went last week and it was awesome. Mesa Verde has over 600 cliff dwellings in the park. Several of the bigger ones you can walk through.

There are guided and self guided tours. It could be an easy one day trip or a full day. The must see is Cliff Palace. It is a guided tour that cost $3. Well worth it! Balcony House is another good tour ($3). You have to climb a 30 ft ladder to get there, then crawl on your hands and knees a bit, then 2 more ladders back up. It was awesome!

There are several senic loop roads with pull outs and you can see cliff houses all over the place. The main area is Spruce Tree. They have a restaurant, gift shop and a really nice museum. Then it's just a quick walk to Spruce House which is a good medium cliff dwelling, no extra charge. We had a great day there.

If you are driving in from Arizona or California it's right on your way. If you are coming in from New Mexico or Texas it's not to far out of the way. If you want more info go to Mesa Verde National Park (U.S. National Park Service). Here are some pics.





 

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It is in fact one of the best side trips to be had. I always go to the mesag whenever I'm in the area. We're spending the night of the 15th. there at Far Point, before heading on to Ouray. Planning on doing the Cliff Palace tour Wednesday afternoon and the Long House tour the next morning. I love it up there; rather "other worldly".. Cheers.. Ron
 

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Hey how come those Anasazi Indians built there cliff dwellings so close to the highway?

Okay I am joking of course, but when I lived in Durango I would get that question from time to time. That and "Hey at what altitude do the Deer change into Elk".

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Great recommendation. Last year, we spent a full day at Mesa Verde. Get there early though as there will be a big line for tour tickets when they open . . . and the best tours book up first.
 

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We are heading there this year, should be fun
 

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Coincidentally, we did tour Cliff Palace and Balcony House last year. It would be fun to do a little hiking in the park as well.
 

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I stopped off at Mesa Verde on the way back from last year's summit. In addition to the awesome park, I stayed at the Far View Lodge and witnessed a really cool lightening storm on Sunday night.
 

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Another great side trip, especially for fans of choo-choos, is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. The trip to Silverton is pretty cool but I recommend taking the train there and the bus home as the return trip made me sleepy.
 

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I love mesa verde, such a cool place. The great sand dunes park is not to far from there too. I understand there is a 30 mile trail leading out of the sand dunes that sound like a good ride.
 

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Hey how come those Anasazi Indians built there cliff dwellings so close to the highway?

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You know they built them close to the highway so they could set up souvenir stands!:lol:

Another great side trip, especially for fans of choo-choos, is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. The trip to Silverton is pretty cool but I recommend taking the train there and the bus home as the return trip made me sleepy.
Woodsman is right, the train is awesome! We have a friend that works there restoring the engines. Durango has some great eats and stuff downtown too. Almost out of town to the north is Serious Texas Barbecue, oh yeah, there is another one by the mall. They have some great food and I love there pulled pork chipolte sandwich! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! MT
 

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OK... Let's have it.. Where is the BBQ? That sounds like lunch to me. Can you get me a name or address? Ron

You know they built them close to the highway so they could set up souvenir stands!:lol:



Woodsman is right, the train is awesome! We have a friend that works there restoring the engines. Durango has some great eats and stuff downtown too. Almost out of town to the north is Serious Texas Barbecue, oh yeah, there is another one by the mall. They have some great food and I love there pulled pork chipolte sandwich! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! MT
 

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Just an FYI anyone headedthru or to Durango I was told the construction has traffic standing still....kinda what were are use to in California.
Do you know if it's on the 160 east/west or on 550 going north ?

If it's 550, you can just cut through town taking Florida Road or College Drive north and come back to 550 on 32nd Street bypassing the "strip".
 

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OK... Let's have it.. Where is the BBQ? That sounds like lunch to me. Can you get me a name or address? Ron
I'll get you the address for both of them. I'll post them tonight. I forgot one thing though. The pulled pork sandwich has a cherry chipolte sauce. It may sound weird but it's awesome!!!

Do you know if it's on the 160 east/west or on 550 going north ?

If it's 550, you can just cut through town taking Florida Road or College Drive north and come back to 550 on 32nd Street bypassing the "strip".
When we drove up to Silverton last week where 550 runs in to 160 heading north from Farmington the are widening that inersection. The wait wasn't too bad. MT
 

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Hey how come those Anasazi Indians built there cliff dwellings so close to the highway?

Okay I am joking of course, but when I lived in Durango I would get that question from time to time. That and "Hey at what altitude do the Deer change into Elk".

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So at what altitude do the Deer change into Elk?????
 

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Ok, here's the word on Serious Texas BBQ. Just visit their web site.
Serious Texas BBQ for all the info you need. Address, phone, maps, & menus!!! The south Durango location is on the frontage road in front of the mall and next to the Harley shop. This is the largest location and a must if you're pulling a trailer because they have a larger parking lot. The northern locations has a small parking lot but still great food! Hope that helps! MT
 
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