Mesa Verde National Park

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Yesterday evening made for a rough first day to our road trip. Somewhere around Kayenta, Arizona we had a tire blow out on our toy hauler. We had a spare tire, so no worries there, but when the tire blew it also shredded a large section of wiring that was strapped up under the wheel well on the livingroom slide out.

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Unfortunately, that section of wiring seemed to power the refrigerator and some of the living room lights.

Luckily, this isn’t our first rodeo. Ryan comes overly prepared and is super handy. So this morning, in the parking lot of the Ute Mountain Travel Center just outside of Cortez, Colorado, he was able to replace and resecure the section of wiring, and get the refrigerator and lights working again.

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Unfortunately, the setback kept us from getting to Four Corners before the monument closed for the night and took up half the day today.

After the guys at Big O Tires in Cortez hooked us up with some new tires, we hit the road again and headed for Mesa Verde National Park.

The park itself is absolutely beautiful, and the views as you drive through are amazing.

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The park is home to multiple pit houses, pueblo sites and cliff dwellings including the Cliff Palace pictured above, and the Spruce Tree House seen below.

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The road to get to the cliff dwellings and other sites is not trailer friendly. They do however offer parking areas where you can unhook.

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The afternoon didn’t give us enough time to do the tours, but were able to get some great views of the cliff dwellings from the lookout points and trails. We were also able to get an up close look at some of the pit houses and pueblos.

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If you want to do the tours, I would suggest getting there early and plan to spend at least a whole day. It’s definitely well worth the visit!

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After spending the afternoon at Mesa Verde, we found this pretty little lake to set up camp by and watch the sunset over the water.

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Sunset by the lake

I think I might take the dogs for a swim and do a little paddling.

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