Continuing our journey, after Great Sand Dunes we drove west through the lovely San Juan Valley into southwestern Colorado, where we visited Mesa Verde National Park. From there we drove south into New Mexico, and then — after Aztec Ruins National Monument — west to Arizona.
Photos from the second leg are now available. Below are ten of my favorites, and all 80 are available here.
My daughters at an overlook near Chimney Rock in southcentral Colorado.
My younger daughter near Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park.
Great view of Balcony House from an overlook.
Closer view of one of the towers and windows at Balcony House.
Far View ruins on top of the mesa at Mesa Verde.
The morning trail down to Spruce Tree House.
Exploring a rebuilt kiva at Spruce Tree House.
The Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico.
Detailed view of wall stones and timbers at Aztec Ruins.
A doorway made for those a bit shorter stature than us Buntins, dating to about 1100 A.D.
View all 80 of these photos in my gallery at: