Several days around Mesa Verde, with all kinds of weather, gave me a chance to photograph this amazing location of some ancestral Puebloan people, who built villages atop the mesas and into the huge natural alcoves that nature has formed. The modern-day inhabitants of nearby Mancos made the stay especially enjoyable, as they were friendly and accommodating. A special “shout out” to the owners and staff at the nicely well-kept Mesa Verde Motel, the ladies serving delicious food at Absolute Bakery and the Artisans of Mancos cooperative next door to the bakery. Mesa Verde National Park is big, with miles of roadway in and out, covering primarily Chapin Mesa and Weatherill Mesa. Everything is well marked and it was not overly busy when I was there. You will see several photographs of burned areas and trees in my collection. I was struck by how many wildfires have burned across the park over the last century. It’s a dry and often windy place, with plenty of lighting storms, so I imagine fires like those have been a part of the landscape for centuries. Many of the archaeological sites across the mesas are preserved and presented in an informative way and protected for future generations to enjoy.
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