Mesa Verde In Winter
This year my husband and I celebrated Christmas a little differently by visiting our son who has been living in Colorado for about a year and a half. We flew into Durango in the southwestern part of the state and spent the first 2 nights in Cortez which is about 50 miles south of where he lives. It was great to be together and we visited Mesa Verde National Park the first day. I had been there twice before but in the summer when the park was busy with other tourists. By visiting off-season we enjoyed having the place (mostly) to ourselves and the snow added a wintry element to the scenes.
Mesa Verde is Spanish for ‘green table’. The park offers an amazing look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who made the cliffs their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. There are about 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings protected within the park.
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