We have been waiting to go to Mesa Verde since we found out we were coming to Four Corners. The kids wanted to stand on the corner of all four states and visit Mesa Verde. The thing is that it isn’t very far from our apartment, so we were reserving it for a time when I had only a short break from work. Well, today was the day. It was a 45 minute drive to the visitors center where we booked two hour long walking tours and then we started up the steep windy road to the top of the Mesa ( which we learned later that because of the slight slope to the east it is actually an aquesta not a mesa).
Mesa Verde is more puebloan ruins but what is cool about these ruins is that like at Montezuma’s castle it is built into the sandstone alcoves of cliffs, but unlike Montezuma’s castle you can actually climb to the ruins and walk through them.
We were in the park from 10:45-6:00pm so after all that climbing we were hungry for dinner. The near by town of Durango, Colorado had been recommended as a cute little historic town, with a fun rail road museum, by the girls at work. It was cute and a little too late for the train museum. We filled up on pizza then walked around and looked at the shops in the historic downtown.