Doug and Ellen and Sandi (Doug's sister) took a trip to the Colorado Four Corners area - visiting Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) sites at Mesa Verde National Park, Ute Mountain Tribal Park and Hovenweep National Monument, plus the Great sand Dunes National Park and Reserve along the way, in August 2004.
Website photos, with captions and slideshows (with music):
Sand Dunes: First Stop, along the way, was at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve, which included the marvelous the Sand Dunes, plus neighboring Nature Conversancy Medano Zapata Ranch and an overnight stay at San Luis State Park;
Mesa Verde: Visiting the Ancient Puebloan (Anasazi) ruins and attraction at Chapin and Wetherill Mesas, as well as the Cedar Tree area;
Ute Mountain: A tour of less developed (but just a spectaculer) Ute Mounatain Tribal Park, which, since they and their personable and very knowledgable native guide, Ricky, were the only participants, made the day long tour a private tour;
Hovenweep: A full day exploring the vast and dispursed ruins of Hovenweep National Monument, located northwest of Cortez, Colorado.