|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.