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Virtual
Walks of Wonder
 
Colorado
Pagosa Springs Region

Verde Mesa, Chimney Rock
& Santa Fe

Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace. This is not a Hike but it is
strenuous at 7000 ft. of elevation.  A steep descent on
steps is followed by a short walk thru the ruins with a
couple of short Ladders to climb.  Then the ascent is
thru a tight 20 ft (?) crack between Rocks and up a
steep ladder. Most of us were huffing and puffing but it
was worth it.
An Awesome Place.  
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Mesa Verde - Petroglyph Trail - 2.4 miles, round-trip
Begins from the Spruce Tree House trail, and
continues below the edge of the plateau to a
petroglyph panel, makes a climb to the top of the
mesa and returns via the rim to the museum. This trail
provides views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons and is
the only trail in the park to view petroglyphs. Gate
access to trail is only available when Spruce Tree
House is open.
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Chimney Rock is an Archaeological Area located in
Colorado between Durango and Pagosa Springs  
After fees are paid at the Visitor Center Cabin, the tour
proceeds 2 1/2 miles up the road in a car caravan to
the upper parking lot with the tour guide in the lead
car. The tour consists of the Great Kiva Trail Loop and
the Pueblo Trail and is approximately one mile
walking, including a 200 foot climb on the Pueblo Trail.
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Santa Fe - A stop here in Santa Fe on our way to the
airport in Albuquerque was a wonderful surprise.
Santa Fe's art market is the second largest in the
United States, after New York, and the Canyon Road
galleries showcase a wide array of contemporary
Southwestern, indigenous American, and
experimental art, in addition to Russian, Taos
Masters, and Native American pieces.
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In June 2009 I spent 10 days in Colorado and New Mexico. I spent time in the Pagosa Springs
Area including Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock and Durango. Santa Fe(NM) had us for a day and a half.

Mesa Verde National Park - Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into
the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600
to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff
dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area - Designated an Archaeological Area and National Historic
Site in 1970, Chimney Rock lies on 4,100 acres of San Juan National Forest land surrounded by
the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The site was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo
Indians 1,000 years ago and is of great spiritual significance to these tribes. Their ancestors built
over 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor, probably to be near the
sacred twin rock pinnacles.

Santa Fe - The City of Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with
founding dates between 1050 to 1150. The town and the surrounding areas have a high
concentration of artists. They have come over the decades to capture on canvas and in other
media the natural beauty of the landscape, the flora and the fauna.