Wow, what a beautiful state. I have been here many times throughout the years, but never really appreciated it’s beauty as much as seeing it through the eyes of someone who is taking their time to enjoy peaceful, relaxing travel. Always in the past when I traveled somewhere, I was on a short time limit (vacation) and had to cram a lot in at once.
First stop was at the Royal Gorge Bridge at the Royal View Campground for about 2 days. We had originally planned one night, but we spent the entire day at the bridge area and the campsite was so nice, we just decided to hang out for a few days. From here, we were heading towards Durango, hoping to ride the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge railway. The ride along the river from Royal Gorge to Del Norte area was breathtaking. We stopped in Del Norte at a campsite for the night. The camp was chilly and the wind picked up in the night, but the next morning was a clear day and we took a walk along the Rio Grande River.
Second stop of interest was to be Durango to ride the train to Silverton but we ran into a snag. The railway didn’t start running to Silverton until May 1. We were too early! It was running the halfway mark to a pavilion area, where you get out and have lunch, but the weather was turning and it was predicted to rain/snow the next day, so the trip would have been a waste of money. Oh well, we are good at shifting gears when things don’t work out, so on to Mesa Verde National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park. We decided it was time to warm up as we have been staying in some really chilly places the last few nights, and the lodge in the park was reasonable and open. Our room had an amazing view of the park and the restaurant was unique. Bob had an Elk Shepherds Pie, which was delicious. The next day we spent the entire day in the park. If you haven’t been here, GO. The ruins of the Puebloan Indians rivaled any ruins we had seen in Mexico/Central America. The cliff dwellings were in good condition. We were not able to do a tour of them because, once again, most things in these cold states do not open until May 1. We did have great views though. Pictures on this will be added later. This was our last stop in Colorado, and I hate to leave this place, but we are heading up to Bob’s condo in Utah next, with a stop in Arches National Park.