Amazing! We spent the day riding through the mountains first to Silverton on a bus then back to Durango on a train. The entire trip lasted 7 hours. We boarded a bus in Durango and rode 1 1/2 hrs through the San Juan Mountains to the mining town of Silverton, Co. We had 2 hrs to walk around in Silverton. Our 1st stop was lunch in the Handlebar Saloon. Then we walked around looking at the shops and museums. The area was beautiful. The city only had one paved road. ...
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We visited Mesa Verde National Park today. We did the auto self guided tour. We drove into the park, looked through the museum and watched the park video. Then we saw the Spruce Tree House, drove the Mesa Loop and looked at several unearthed houses. Our day ended at Sunset Point overlooking Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Fire Temple. After we finished there we drove to Durango, Co to our hotel for the night.
We made it to the four corners monument at 3:00. It cost $5 a person to get in. It is a monument run by the Navajo Parks Department. They had constructed an open air patio that had each state imprinted in the concrete. There was a line of people waiting to take their picture in the center. We joined the line and got the ladies behind us to take our picture. Then we browsed the stands around the monument filled with Navajo merchandise.
We were driving to the 4 corners monument from Page, Az. We were on a 2 lane highway going through an isolated part of the Navajo reservation. There was a semi trailer lying on its side totally perpendicular across both lanes of the highway. The land was impassable on either side of the road. The police were not there yet and cars were backed up on both side of the wreck. It would be at least an hour before the road would be open. The nearest road was miles back ...
We enjoyed seeing the north rim. It had a very different feel than the south rim. It was much more remote, about 45 miles from the nearest town. Since it was at a higher elevation it was cooler. It was in the 70's, which was the coolest weather we'd had all week! There were also pine trees and grass everywhere. It had an alpine feel to it. Another difference was that all the facilities seemed to be in one spot and there seemed to be less people. The view was stil...