Over 170,000 acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado are now protected Land under the gorges of the ancient National Monument, where 1,000 communities of our Pueblo ancestors lived. The visitor center is located west of Delores in the Anasazi Heritage Center, which includes a research facility with over 3 million artifacts and samples. In addition, the Museum occurs in the complex very impressive. The 800 m long, paved walkway leads to the Escalante Pueblo, located on the hill behind the visitor centre and a spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains, La Plata, Montezuma valley and the McPhee reservoir, and Mesa Verde offers.
North of Pagosa Springs, at the foot of a mountain pass, the treasure falls, die on the way to the San Juan River 30 meters in the Falls Creek. The upper part of the Falls is visible from the extractor. However, to get an overview of the entire waterfalls, you have to walk a quarter mile on a serpentine path with a height difference of 300 feet. At the end of the trail there is a wooden bridge, which depends on Falls Creek about 25 feet from the base of the waterfalls. Be ready to get a little wet from the fog.
In the southwest corner of Colorado there is 379 kilometers of nothing but inspiring beauty, known as the San Juan Skyway with a height range of 6200 feet to just over 11,000 feet. The Skyway begins and ends in the towns of Cortez and Durango and leads north through the San Juan National Forest, where the three highways that make up the Skyway lead through steep, winding mountain passes and a descent through the valleys below impressive mountain peaks 14,000 feet into the clear blue sky. With the section of highway between Ouray and Silverton, as the “Million Dollar Highway” known, you will see why this part is truly priceless, with steep mountain walls on one side and straight on the other, show the beauty of the Alpine peaks and the lush valley below. As a Bonus, the road passes through the old mining towns of Rico, Telluride, Ouray and Silverton, where every city, many historical buildings, as well as activities, shopping and Restaurants.
Telluride is located just a few miles from the side road in a crate Canyon in Colorados Rocky Mountains, where some of the old Victorian mining houses still stand with a hiking trail along the river San Miguel. High above Telluride is the world famous Telluride Ski and Golf Resort. Apart from being an old mining town, Ouray is a bit of a treat for visitors who are passing through. The Cascade Falls at the end of the 8. Road show a spectacular waterfall that has emerged over 100 feet from the snow melt of the Cascade Mountains. A quarter mile steep and rough path leads to the bottom of the waterfalls, where you can walk under and behind the falls. At the other end of the city is located-Box Canyon Falls. After a short walk of 400 feet the path reaches the narrow Box gorge, where a lattice path next to the cliff wall leads 100 feet to the rear part of the gorge, where the 85 foot long waterfall can be viewed. A fifty-foot staircase leads to the base of the waterfalls. Silverton is located on a height from 9,318 feet in the valley at the southern end of the San Juan mountains and has a long history as an old mining town in the early 19th century. Century.
In the late 1800s, which is known, Cliff Palace was discovered by Wetherill and his son-in-law. In the next 18 years, visitors to this apartment brought artefacts with them, burned roof woods for Bonfire and disfigured some of the walls. For whatever reason, there is no mention of a destruction of a place known as a balcony house, some years earlier from a South-East Osborn. In 1906, these two sites and 1,000 hectares were protected as Mesa Verde National Park. These two places as well as the mid-19th century castle are also worth a visit. Long House excavated from the beginning of the 20th century can only be visited by Park Ranger guided tours.
When you enter the Park, you have to drive about 30 km to reach the 10 km Cliff Palace loop. The first 24 kilometers lead over a steep winding road with serpentines that lead over and around Table Mountains and Questas. Along the way several vantage points with spectacular views of the Mancos valley, is the Montezuma valley, the Geological view-point, and Park Point, the highest point in the Park, 8,572 feet. A 3.2 km walk leads to a viewpoint with a 360-degree view of the Mesa and Questa’s Parks with the mountains in the distance. From here you can see natural structures in the four states that make up the Region of the ” Four Corners.
When the highway passes Far View Lodge, the road becomes along the Chapin Mesa peak, where the Far-Sight community sites, which were most densely populated with 50 villages within half a mile, are located. Here, a 1.5 km long circular route leads to the Pipe Shrine House, the city centre, the Coyote village, the megalithic house, the Far View Tower and the Community Reservoir.
The six mile Mesa Top Loop Drive has many stops