Step House - Mesa Verde Nat'l Park

To say we spent a lot of time in the southwest corner of  Colorado this fall; would be an understatement.
Every chance we got - we would run away from the chaos of Moab to the quaint, tiny town of Cortez, Colorado.
The number of permanent residents is 50% higher in Cortez than Moab but it's 100%  more peaceful than Moab, 10 months out of the year. Technically the entrance to Mesa Verde is 15 minutes past Cortez- in Mancos, Colorado.
After that - it's a 45-minute drive from the gate 'to the good stuff.'
I promise you - it's 100% worth the drive to go back 1200+ years in history! 😀 not to mention - the route is pretty breathtaking anytime the trail begins by leading you down a cliffside,
walking amongst the top of the trees;
you just know it's going to be a good hike.
 (at least in my book 😉)

A ranger told us that almost 60% of Mesa Verde open forest is covered in burn scars.  such a sad, scary statistic of life in the open desert. despite the massive burn scars, the…

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I’m Danielle. I’m a mom, I’m 40. My legs are short and I’m out of shape lol but I like to go all the places and do all the things. haha I’m pretty enthusiastic about being out in nature. I live in Moab, Utah - USA, with my 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and more cats than I am woman enough to admit in public. We love to be outside, hiking, exploring, chasing sunshine and doing the learning, when possible. My family is my entire world wrapped up in four awesome humans and way too many rescue fur babies .. these are our adventures.

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