Travel Trip
Four Corners

Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Ute Mountain Tribal Park

Doug, Ellen & BCVN friends
September 2009

Travel Trip Photo: Long House ruins, Wetherill Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Doug and Ellen took a trip to the Colorado Four Corners area - visiting Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) sites at Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and Ute Mountain Tribal Park, with friends from the Boulder County Volunteer Naturalists, in September 2009.

Website photos, with captions and slideshows (with music):
Wetherill Mesa: where the group spent a day on the mesa hiking to Step House, taking a ranger guided tour of Long House, and viewed and photographed ruins at Kodak House and Nordenskiold Site #16 from the rim. They also hiked and took tram rides to explore sights and ruins on the Mesa, including Badger House;

Chapin Mesa: where the group spent a day on Chaping Mesa, visition Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Sun Temple;

Hovenweep/Ute Mtn: a day each was spent at Hovenweep National Monument and the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. In addition to driving through the remote Hovenweep area, the group hiked around and photographed sites at Little Ruins Canyon. A guided tour of Ute Mountain Tribal Park was cut short, from a full day outing to a half day, because of flooding that blocked access to the most spectacular backcountry ruins.

YouTube slide show/videos:
Cliff Palace;

Balcony House;

Long House;

Weatherill Mesa;

Ute Mountain Tribal Park;

Hovenweep - Little Ruins Canyon;

and last, but not least, a very cool bull snake we encountered at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park.

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