Route: Durango, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah
Miles Driven: 455
Lodging: La Quinta Inn, Salt Lake City
Best Eats: Car picnic lunch from Trader Joe’s
Heard on the Radio: Audiobook – In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
Miles Run: 4.5 (Durango, Colorado)
America the Beautiful.
These three words just about sum up our day. Rather than attempting to describe what I mean, I offer you the following photos, all taken today.
Regrettably, we didn’t take photos of the scenery in Durango. This morning we ran along the Animas River, which offered beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Our first stop after leaving Durango was in Mesa Verde National Park, in the far southwest corner of Colorado.
Thes Cliff Palace Dwellings (below) were home to the Ancestral Pueblo people for nearly 700 years. In total, there are 600 such cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. Seeing the dwellings up close requires a guided tour, which we weren’t able to take because of our time constraints and because pets were not allowed on the trail. M. and I took turns staying with Frieda and walking to look at the cliff dwellings.
We crossed the border into Utah about an hour after leaving Mesa Verde National Park. We had purchased an annual national park pass at Mesa Verde, so we decided to make our way to Arches National Park, just north of Moab, Utah. The scenery along the way was spectacular, especially with the storms that we passed through.