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.
Moab is a Colorado river valley sided by mountains that are home to Arches and Canyonland Natl parks. It caters to outdoor adventure enthusiasts. We camped in Arches and went looking for them.
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.
7 hour drive with constant changing scenery.
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.
The Alaskan front arrived over night and the temperature fell 10 more degrees, 48 the high for the day. Woke up to snow on the ground. Goodbye Grand Canyon. Its time to go to lower elevation. Good morning Zion, to wait out the front.