Mysterious Abandonment Of Hovenweep

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. At the famed Mesa Verde ruins, forty or fifty miles to the east of Hovenweep, you hear the shouts of excited children, the scoldings of […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Deferred Maintenance

Mesa Verde National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see and experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between AD 600 and 1300 when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated from the area. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the park. Hiking and climbing ladders in […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Preserving the Works of Man

Mesa Verde National Park is like traveling back in time. Way back in time. It’s simultaneously a history lesson and an outdoor, hiking adventure for people of all ages and fitness levels. What makes it unique? The shockingly well preserved (and restored) cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Pueblo people between AD 600 and 1300 when […]

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A Journey of Incredible Beauty: Trail of the Ancients

In earlier articles, A Journey Worth Taking: Trail of the Ancients and A Journey of Discovery: Trail of the Ancients, we introduced the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We began our journey of incredible beauty east of Monticello and traveled to Blanding, Natural Bridges National Monument, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: 14 Centuries of History

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 4,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the lives of […]

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Mysterious Towers Of Hovenweep Ruins

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. Walk in ancient footsteps. Soak in the silence. Marvel at a night sky overflowing with stars. Hear a lone coyote’s howl. Experience the past […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Look Back In Time 1,000 Years

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 5,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the […]

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12 National Parks Surge in Attendance

As many national parks broke attendance records through the first 11 months in 2015, parks are bracing for even greater crowds in 2016, when the National Parks Service turns 100 years old. Overall visitation to parks, monuments, and other sites administered by the National Parks Service is on track to hit 300 million in 2015, […]

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