Road Trip - Explore Mesa Verde!!

  • August 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Join Diana for a long weekend trip to Mesa Verde National Park! The plan is to meet for carpooling at 9am Friday at the Wooly Mammoth Park n Ride and get into Cortez around 4pm.  It's a 7 hour drive and we will leave the parking lot promptly at 9am, so please be on time and ready to go!

Here's the plan...

Friday Late Afternoon - Check into the motel then drive into Mesa Verde ($15 per car).  Friday 7pm attend a free lecture at Far Point Lodge about Navajo farming.  Afterwards there is a fire pit ranger series about mountain lions at 9-ish (if we're not too tired).  

Saturday - Visit Weatherill Mesa, Step house, and tour Long house ($3).  There is an evening program there called Twilight in the Palace at 7pm ($10). Bring food and drink for a picnic in the park.

Sunday - Let's see what else we can fit into the schedule before we leave. Bring food and drink for a picnic in the park.  Head home around noon, 1pm at the latest.

Directions:  Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado.  We will be driving US285 to CO112 then picking up US160.  Learn more about the park http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm 

Where to Meet the Group:  Everyone seems to be driving their own cars, so we'll meet in Cortez.  Email Diana if you have questions.

Lodging in Cortez:  Call[masked] or[masked] and make your reservation at the Cortez Super 8 http://www.super8.com/hotels/colorado/cortez/super-8-cortez-mesa-verde-area/hotel-overview Cost is around $78/night + tax, $70 if you have AAA.  Check-in time is 3pm, check-out is 11am.

Food:  There's a City Market across the street from the motel where we can buy picnic fixin's for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Not sure what food is available in the park and we won't be doing long lunch stops at restaurants as they cut into the day! 

What to Bring:  A day pack for exploring Mesa Verde including water bottle/camel back and snacks/food.  Appropriate clothing and gear.   

See you there!

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  • Jim D.

    Diana, did a great job planning the trip to Mesa Verde. Thanks for a great weekend!

    August 11, 2013

  • Don

    Very nice road trip Dianna.

    August 8, 2013

  • Debbie

    Please note since only 4 people are going, there will be no arranged carpooling and the group will meet in Cortez. Email Diana if you have questions.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't join you, I already have commitments for that weekend.
    A heads-up: it takes a surprisingly long time (upwards of an hour) to get from the state highway where you enter the park to the visitor center in the heart of the park.

    July 29, 2013

  • Lise Marie B.

    This is a fabulous park! I went last fall, so won't join you this time, but I highly recommend it! There is some great hiking in there as well.

    July 29, 2013

  • Ed A.

    Sounds like a great idea Diana, just have to work one of those days. Have fun. More road trips???

    July 29, 2013

  • Debbie

    Wooly Mammoth is located on I70 west at the Morrison Exit 259. Exit right and make an immediate left onto the frontage road - follow up the hill to the second lot entrance across from the Conoco gas station.

    July 29, 2013

  • Debbie

    I will be at Jay's Hut

    July 29, 2013

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