The San Juan Mountains in Colorado are just gorgeous in the fall. The roads are big rig friendly but you do have a slower drive with the elevation and the sharp curves. It’s very doable though.
However, I would not want to drive these roads when theirs bad rain or snow. So I would recommend checking the mountain weather before you start off on your trek.
We stayed at the Mesa Verde RV Park near the Mesa Verde National Park. A great place to explore the area. Really long pull throughs. Nice views. Their Wifi worked for us but not our friends. It really depends on where in the park you are located. Verizon worked ok with our booster. We’d stay here again.
We had some awesomely dark nights and our friends we were traveling with broke out their camera and gear to take some great shots of the night sky.
Almost every night was this spectacular.
We had some real fun taking these pictures.
Thanks Jay and Joanne for these!
There is a main tour that you can take with a Park Ranger where they take you through the dwellings. They have some good stories of how these various rooms, they believe, have been used. According to the National Park Service, these cliff dwellings are some of the most notable and best preserved in the North American Continent.
It really is amazing to think that the Ancestral Puebloans climbed up to these locations and made these cliffs home.
While here, our friends Jay and Joanne invited us to their Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year celebration, which this year fell on September 24th (yes, we’re a little behind in our blog postings). It’s a two-day celebration, which begins the first day of Tishrei, which is the first day of the civil year and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year in the Hebrew calendar.
They had a wonderful dinner planned. Starting at sundown with the lighting of the candles and a prayer. You then start off with apples dipped in honey, which signifies a sweet New Year.
While traveling around we encounter many different cultures and traditions. Whether the traditions are religious or just something passed down from generation to generation, it’s always interesting to experience first hand. That’s one of the reasons we travel. It was a great dinner and we appreciate our friends including us in on this celebration and experience.
While here we also drove to Durango, Colorado for a day trip.
Durango was much bigger and much more congested than we were expecting. We did enjoy walking around the main historical main street area.
I have to admit though; the best part that we found about Durango was the Durango Diner. This is truly a gem in the heart of the historical main street area. Established in 1965 it still has the 1965 charm and original countertop. We were lucky enough to find them early enough as they close at 2pm. Serving breakfast all day, we ordered an omelet and one blueberry pancake, which they are known for, and shared both.
Boy…were they good.
So we’ve been touring all over this area and we have seen a lot. However, there is so much to do and see in this area, looking back, I feel like we’ve hardly touched the surface. Next time around we’ll definitely have to make it up to the mountain towns.
As mentioned, we stayed at the Mesa Verde RV Resort. Here is a video David did for them…