Walking up to 2 miles; hard surfaced trails, some rocky and sandy trails; For access to ruins: ascending 3 sturdy wooden ladders, ascending and descending deep steps cut into rock and metal staircases with handrails on one or both sides, walking along paths with drop-offs on one side.
In the hotel breakfast room, we will enjoy a buffet breakfast with waffles, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, juice and coffee, hot & cold cereals.
We will ride by van or bus to Mesa Verde National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With our instructor and park rangers on guided walks, we will bring history to life by exploring the architecture of the ancient cliff dwellings and culture of the ancient Puebloans.
During our field trip, we’ll have box lunches including a pre-selected sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and bottled water.
Our exploration of Mesa Verde continues with time on our own for personal independent exploration. We can walk, visit the museum, or engage in a discovery activity to experience the intriguing cliff dwellings and the remnants and clues of a life long ago and preserved to discover today. Grandkids have the opportunity to earn their Junior Ranger badges, a program offered by the National Park Service, with assistance from trip leaders and guides. At the end of the afternoon, we will return to Durango.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner with coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks included and other beverages available for purchase.