So if you read about the time I stayed in a yurt, you may have been wondering why? Why were we staying in a yurt in the middle of the mountains in Colorado? Well because we were spending some time in Mesa Verde National Park. Before this trip I really knew nothing about national parks other than the obvious ones like the Grand Canyon, but actually seeing them makes me just want to see them all.
Basically, Mesa Verde is ancient colony that was carved into the walls of Colorado plateaus. The natives lived in these cliff dwellings for hundreds of years before abandoning the cliffs for the lush, farmable land on top of the plateau. green table = mesa verde. It wasn't until later that historians realized both colonies were lived in by the same tribes, just during different periods in history.
When you go to Mesa Verde you can do different tours and hikes. We took one particular tour around "balcony house" which is one of the most famous dwellings at the part. It involved climbing up 2 50ft ladders and crawling through a small round tunnel. Luckily we got it all on GoPro which looks awesome which I will share eventually.
Aside from the park itself being fantastic, the drive up the mountain was unreal. I captured the essence of it in this timelapse video during the drive tot he park.
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