Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (Day 4)–Mesa Verde National Park

I left Durango about 8:45am to make the 45 minute drive to Mesa Verde National Park.  Stopped at the visitor center to get a ticket for one of the tours they offer.  Had to stand in line for 20 minutes and then the first available tour was for 1:00pm.  Apparently the tours are very popular and sell out most of the time.  It was about an hours drive to the actual Cliff Palace site.

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I chose the Cliff Palace tour as it is the largest cliff dwelling in the park and the least strenuous tour.  It was a one hour tour over uneven stone steps and climbing three ladders.

The weather was very nice.  It was about 70 degrees when I took the tour.

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Climb Up…..

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So I survived the tour….the real issue is the 7000 ft elevation when you live at an elevation of 850 ft.

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