|when||Friday June 8, to Wednesday June 13, 2018|
|where||Mesa Verde National Park, southwest Colorado|
Six days and five nights of camping, hiking and sites visiting at Mesa Verde National
Park in Colorado. There are 20 miles or more of hiking trails that we will be attempting
to hike during four days of activities. Most of the trails, except for one, are short and
easy. We will two cliff dwellings that are open to the public with park rangers serving
as guides, thus you will get the history, archeology and cultural knowledge of the early
Indian settlers. We will also visit an archeology museum. A daily itinerary has been
developed and is available to you when you sign up. A full presentation of the trip is
also available on OneDrive. This latter document represents the full description and
activities to be undertaken while at Mesa Verde, cost etc. Plus you could preview many
pictures of Mesa Verde and trails maps.
The campground, with group sites, is rather fancy with flush toilets, running water, fire pits, flat gravel tent pads, hot showers, laundry, general store for groceries and misc. items etc. Wi-Fi, nightly park rangers’ presentations on various subjects, star gazing, gasoline, restaurants, gifts shops. Lots of excellent amenities! Your group price per person is $46.80 which also includes $10.00 fee towards the cliff dwellings park rangers guided tours.
Durango: At the end of the sixth day at Mesa Verde, for those who would like, we could drive 35 miles further north and spend one or two nights visiting the town of Durango. This phase of the trip is not part of the AZ Trailblazers Hiking Club. It is your private visit to Durango and all costs associated with your visit are above and beyond your camping costs. You also must arrange your own hotel accommodations. The town has a historic district, the narrow gauge Silverton Railroad, (those who wish could purchase a ticket for a ride to Silverton), see the Animas River, Darkmold Site, a basketmaker culture, the Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site and the Spring Creek Archeological District and many other points of interest. There are lots of good restaurants to patronize. You may Google Durango for yourself and preview the town images and history.
Please click on the following link to my OneDrive for a wealth of information about this proposed camping trip and the subsequent side trip to Durango:
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water for every day of activities
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• some warm clothes
• Lunch or snacks for each day
• Camera, GPS, two way radios
|distance||Total hiking distance of 20 miles+ over several trails and days.|
|EC||Mostly on flat mesas.|
|type||Round trip / loop / lollipop / in and out.|
|starting at||8:00 AM at campground central court.|
|rating||Mostly "C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Camping fees. Sites seeing in the park. See full report by way
of link above Sharing gas expenses with the driver. Park admission fee unless
someone in your car has a senior pass.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 for non- members.
|meet||At carpools to be determined by the participants of the specific carpool.|
|drive||I-17 North to Flagstaff, then to Four Corners. Stay on Rt. 160 to Mesa Verde. See full presentations for driving options. 440 miles from central Phoenix.|
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