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Cortez to Kayenta

How to be in 4 states in less than 2 seconds

all seasons in one day

We started the day at Mesa Verde NP where it was cool, bordering on cold, partly due to a passing thunder storm, but also due to the fact that it is 8,500 feet above sea level at its highest point. Despite all of that we had a very enjoyable time, the park is a tad off the beaten track and didn't have anywhere near the number of people as some of the other parks we have visited, at times it felt like we had it all to ourselves.

If you want to know what Mesa Verde is all about then check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesa_Verde_National_Park

There are a couple of the cave dwellings that you must visit with a park ranger and which also involve climbing up/down ladders to access them, unfortuantely, the better-looking one of we two has some back pain, so visiting those sites was not going to be an option for us.

Mesa Verde was followed by a brief visit to the Four Corners monument where the state lines of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado intersect. Hardly a bucket-list moment - but it was fun in a cheesy way.

Finally we drove through Monument Valley (with n-u-m-e-r-o-u-s photo stops) to Kayenta where we are staying at the Hampton Inn (which I can recommend should your travels take you this way).

The brakes go on tomorrow as our next port-of-call, Page/Lake Powell is only a few hours away so that will mean a leisurely start to the day with plenty of time to explore.

Posted by robali 17:19

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