Monthly Archive: February 2016

Feb 28

Mesa Top Loop Road: Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Top Loop Road is a scenic trip through some of the best parts of Mesa Verde National Park.  A six-mile drive around rim of Chapin Mesa.  That offers incredible views of Sun Temple, Square Tower, Cliff Palace as well as Sunset House. This was one of our things to do here.  The Mesa Top …

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Feb 23

Spruce Tree House: Mesa Verde National Park


Spruce Tree House offers a window to the pre-Columbian times of the desert southwest.  The third largest cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. Situated in a deep overhang. Spruce Tree House has 114 rooms and eight kivas. Due to its protective shelter the Spruce Tree House is the best preserved cliff dwelling area in …

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Feb 20

Fort Larned: National Historic Site


Fort Larned is the nation’s best-preserved fort from the Plains Indian War Era.  Established in 1859 to protect people traveling on the Santa Fe Trail.  Fort Larned became one of the more important posts in the west during its 20-year operation.  Today the fort looks much the same as it did back then.  A visit …

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Feb 17

Wolfe Ranch: Arches National Park


Wolfe Ranch, an eye opener to a much harsher reality that awaited people a century ago. Located in what will later become Arches National Park, Wolfe Ranch is a one-room cabin.  Built by John Wesley Wolfe at the turn of the 20th century.  He made a go of that arid Utah landscape for over a …

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Feb 13

Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail: Arches National Park


Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail is the go between hike for those not looking to go all the way to the famous landmark.  There are three different views of Delicate Arch.  The first and most accessible for all visitors is the Delicate Arch Viewpoint area about 100 yards from the parking lot.  The second is a …

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Feb 12

Windows Loop Trail: Arches National Park


Windows Loop Trail is another family friendly hike located in the Windows Section of Arches National Park.  This loop trek lasts just a little over a mile and shows off three arches.  The North and South Window Arch which is affectionately known as the spectacles.  Or as my wife refers to it, Quasimodo, the Hunch-face …

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Feb 10

Balanced Rock: Arches National Park


Balanced Rock, one of the more famous landmarks in a national park full of them. In a land filled with thousands of physical features, Balanced Rock stands above and slightly to the left of them all.  Easy to get to.  Easy to see.  Located on the park road makes this landmark a breeze to see. …

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Feb 08

Double Arch Trail: Arches National Park


Double Arch Trail is the perfect get to know ya hike for Arches National Park.  A short suitable trail just about any able body type.  A half mile trail to a close-set pair of natural arches.  The trail is very easy with hardly any elevation gain and the first trail my three-year-old I did upon …

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Feb 07

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens


The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a nice small garden that we visited to see their butterfly house.  With 15 acres of space it is not a large garden but I find it to be a nice size for our two little girls.  The tropical greenhouse, Children’s Secret Garden with its faux castle, and butterfly …

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