I don't know how young I was when I first became interested in the cliff-dwelling Indians, but it was a loooong time ago. Finally I had a chance to visit Mesa Verde and I wasn't disappointed. This was such an interesting trek!
After parking the car on a very hot sunny June day we noticed relatively young fit-looking adults huffing and puffing as they came up the trail and my first thought was oh-no! I also saw people using hiking poles. Being no longer very fit or young and also having lousy knees (they hurt more going downhill than up) I wondered whether I would be able to make the hike. I went back to the car and grabbed my hiking pole and a bottle of water and started down the trail with my grown son and his friend. I decided that it would not be a "walk in the park", but I thought that it was a chance I couldn't pass up. I had noticed that there was quite a bit of shade in the canyon and a number of benches along the trail. With patience and frequent stops to rest in the shade and use the benches, I made it with no problem.
And I was richly rewarded. It was so interessting to see the dwelling up close! The rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!
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