Mesa Verde Natl Park

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A World Heritage site outside Cortez Colorado. Home to early American Puebloans that roamed North America for 10,000 years before deciding to build pithouses around 800 AD and then Pueblos around 1200 AD. We first visited some early pithouses in lion country then made the climb into the Cliff Place and Spruce Tree village, two of the many sites. It is estimated 80,000 Puebloans lived in Mesa Verde around 1200 AD.

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Canyonland Natl Park

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Pic 1 : the Colorado River just on the outskirts of Moab, Utah.
2: Canyonland is another big canyon with the Green and Colorado rivers meeting.
3: Wild west outlaws hid in those canyons.
4: Petroglyphs created by Puebleons are on many canyon walls, some 7500 years old.
5: Dinosaur track fossils along a trail. About 8 inches in length.
6: People like to get close to the edge.

Bryce National Park Hoodoos

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A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements. They typically form within sedimentary rock and volcanic rock formations. [

Yahoo! No more snow!

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Even the cowboys are glad. Back to the sanctuary of Zion National Park for a 2 day wait on a warm up. Went looking for Condors(click here for its story) but found Mule deer, Tarantula, Golden Eagles, waterfalls and yes a Condor, we think.

The east exit from Zion must be traversed over mountains by switchbacks and a tunnel built by the  CCC during the depression. If your vehicle is too large you get escorted through and everyone waits.