So I’ve been away for awhile. My husband and I decided to go on a road trip with another couple that are close friends of ours, practically family.
Our automatic destination was Colorado. Three out of the four of us had never seen the moutains.
The other couple chose the rental home and town we were going to stay in. There was no plan until we got there and us girls did some research on the town.
So, Cortez Colorado was our destination spot. In a very nice rental home near Canyon of the Ancients. The home we rented was beautiful, inside and out. It had the basics to every home.The surrounding land was breath taking. It was quite and looking behind the house you can see snowy moutains and the rest is all canyon. The owner of the home was very nice. We enjoyed our stay. Also, he has wifi for an additional price. The rental home is definitely worth the price. The owner also has a display wall of attractions in the near by location of cortez and all the surrounding sites.
So I found out that cortez was near the 4 corners and they had a bunch of surrounding national monuments, historic sites, and national forest.
I was instantly excited, I had an opportunity to cross a couple things off my bucket list and adventure into history for a while.
The black circles are the sites we drove through and got the chance to tour and hike.
Destination attraction #1:
Canyon of the Ancients
This canyon holds 6,000 sites including Pueblos, kivas, dwellings and rock art. It is worth the hike. This is a self-guided free tour.
Destination attraction #2:
Mesa Verde National Park
This park was my second favorite sites to see. This park is over 700 years old and holds nearly 5,000 sites, 600 are cliff dwellings. This tour is self-guided ans a 6 mile drive through the overlooks of the park and dwellings. The entrance fee is $15 per car. Completely worth it.
Destination attraction #3 :
Hovenweep National Monument
This park in Utah homed over 3,500 people. There are 6 prehistoric villages and towers. This is a self-guided trail, and be sure to go to the visitors center to find the trail.
Destination attraction #4:
This site was on my bucket list and is now crossed off. Aztec Ruins is the home of the Pueblo people nearly 900 years ago. There are over 4oo masonry rooms, a great kiva and smaller kivas. It is an amazing site to walk through. Self-guided trail tour is $5 per person.
Destination attraction #5:
The Four Corners Monument
The four corners is owned by the Navajo Nation, it’s a $5.00 cash only fee to get in. But, totally worth it. All around the monument is Navajo Benders selling hand made items. They also have a taco stand and a fried bread stand. It was very cool.
Well everyone, that is my top 5 destination attractions I urge all to see. It was an amazing trip, with so many historical and scenic sites that are just breath taking.
I marked two destinations off my bucket list with this trip.