When I discovered my route would take me through the southwest corner of Colorado I decided to take a couple of days and see Mesa Verde National Park. I'd never been to this park and was really excited to spend time there.
I personally think national parks are not very dog-friendly and poor Murphy had spent a lot of time riding in the truck so I left him home to snooze for the afternoon.
I entered the park late in the afternoon. It's about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance before you actually see any of the cliff dwellings but the scenery along the way is just beautiful.
It's hard to imagine how these people from ancient times were able to accomplish building these cities in the cliffs of this area with no modern technology.
As I drove along there were places to stop and view multiple dwelling sites throughout the park.
After the long drive out of the park and back to the campground I was greeted by this beautiful sunset...