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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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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Triassic World: Petrified Forest National Park

The colorful rock layers of northeastern Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park form a visual display of eroded badlands, dating to the Triassic. Petrified Forest is known for its treasure trove of fossilized logs, exposed after eons of erosion by wind and water. About 60 million years ago, tectonic action pushed the Colorado Plateau upwards, exposing […]

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Hummingbird Capital of the United States: Ramsey Canyon Preserve

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia Lake State Park, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, […]

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