I couldn’t get over the awe I was left in by the Grand Canyon. I had no idea that this would be just as beautiful and amazing! Mesa Verde is the sight of the ruins of the ancestors to today’s Native American tribes that live in the Great Plains. After learning that this was revered as one of the Navajo’s sacred areas, I had to see it.
During the trip, we journeyed through Arizona, New Mexico, and after this stop Colorado! I’d never been hiking so this was a first but I found that its something that I enjoy and will probably venturing to do again. We drove up the mountain and lost cell phone service again so thanks to a map we were able to navigate our visit. We hiked through the park which was over 8500 feet in elevation at its highest but the sights, no other word can describe them except unreal! We could see “Shiprock” landmark and it was 100 miles away!
While hiking, there were sites to see the ruins and some interactive areas. The pueblo people built everything from pit houses in the ground to 4 and 5 story apartment buildings in crevices in the side of the mountain! They even created a water reservoir to ensure that they had water close by since they lived in the mountains. The history, the stories, the mystery was all so amazing! I didn’t notice that I was starting to feel strange until it was time to go. Unfortunately I ended up with altitude sickness, so I was struggling for a couple days afterwards but hands down it was worth it! If you have the chance to go, take it!