Mesa Verde National Park

I remember coming here as a young girl with my family THIRTY years ago, crazy to believe. I had these vague memories of walking around inside the cliff dwellings, but I don’t know if that really happened. These ancient ruins of the Pueblo tribe have been carefully preserved here at the National Park.

We were amazing and intrigued as we learned about their way of life and tribal history. For the kids, especially, to see something so tangible gave them real perspective and appreciation as they compared our homes and lifestyle with theirs.

Freejourners Tip:

We’d highly recommend the tour – our tour guide was awesome. Last tour starts at 3 PM, about an hour’s drive from the visitor center–we barely squeaked in ;).

View of Durango Mountain from Visitor Center
View of Durango Mountain from Visitor Center
View of Spruce Treehouse at Beginning of tour
View of Spruce Treehouse at Beginning of tour
Spruce Treehouse - the most accessible ruin - needed guided tour
Spruce Treehouse – the most accessible ruin – needed guided tour to get close
Inside a Kiva, the Pueblo living quarters. Up to 15 people would live and sleep in these round, underground, covered stone structures
Inside a Kiva, the Pueblo living quarters. Up to 15 people would live and sleep in these round, underground, covered stone structures
A diorama of building the cliff dwellings
A diorama of building the cliff dwellings
The posed picture to remember this place ;)
The posed picture to remember this place 😉
Cliff Palace - we could only see from afar
Cliff Palace – we could only see from afar

 

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