My College Friends Went Out West And… (Part 2)

Last week, I post some “photos of the day” from the first week of a driving trip to Utah that college friends of mine are taking. Last week, they were in Colorado and these photos are from there.

This is a view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in western Colorado. It’s name comes from the fact that some parts of the gorge receive only about 30 minutes of sunlight a day.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

This is the Dragon Point overview in the same park:

Dragon Point overlook, Gunnison NP

Dragon Point overlook, Gunnison NP

Autumn Colors

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Mesa Verde National Park, located in southwest Colorado in the “Four Corners” area where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico come together, is a UNCESCO World Heritage site. Its over 50,ooo acres contains some 5,000 archaeological sites and the best preserved cliff dwellings of the Pueblo ancestral people.  I visited Mesa Verde many years ago.

This photo is of “Long House”:

Long House, Mesa Verde NP

Long House, Mesa Verde NP

The most famous, and largest, of the cliff dwellings is Cliff House.

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Near Mesa Verde is Hovenweep National Monument, another of the homes of the Ancestral Pueblo people. It is much smaller than Mesa Merde.

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

That’s all for this week!

 

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