Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mesa Verde and Durango

A place we visit often is the Four-Corners of AZ, NM, Co and UT. It's hard for me to pick a favorite place with Monument Valley, the Colorado River, Glenn Canyon, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Mesa Verde NP, Durrango CO, the Durango Silverton RR, and of course, Silverton, to chose from.

The thing that has always fascinated me about Mesa Verde are the multi-story rock buildings with square corners and perfect circle kivas. In 1,000 ACE (AD for us old timers) there were few multi-story rock building in Europe. Mesa Verde represents both a cultural and architectural achievement for it's period. The key-hole doorways represent both economy of form and function. The door's are shoulder width at the top, while being foot-width at the base-a clever and functional design.

We stayed in near by Durango. We loved the town, even if it is a bit tourist-y. Take the time to ride the Durango-Silverton narrow-gage RR. The view is spectacular and worth the price of the ticket. Hint: buy a one-way ticket up and take the bus back down; the price is about the same, but it offers a different scenic view over the mountain.

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