Tuba City to Mesa Verde National Park, 245 Miles

My tour guide estimated 211 miles, but it ended up being 245 and I don’t even remember any wrong turns. Something must be wrong with Goggle Maps. Hard to believe. So day two is here.

It sold gas, snacks, anything you need for a road trip.

It sold gas, snacks, anything you need for a road trip.

Our road, US 160 has more traffic than usual because 89 North suffered a “road fell off the side of the mountain” event this last winter. First stop was at Mexican Water Trading Post because, well, I needed to stop.

Tuba City had several hundred residents, Cortez, Colorado has over 8,000.

Spontaneous Stop #3 / Four Corners Region

A foot in Arizona and New Mexico.

A foot in Arizona and New Mexico.

Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado share borders. Don’t let the openness and lack of people deceive you. Dozens were in line for photos and the booths all held handmade Native American items for sale. Car license plates were from across the country.

A micro brew restaurant in downtown Cortez.

A micro brew restaurant in downtown Cortez.

Spontaneous Stop #4 / Brewery

Mesa Verde National Park

Well worth a trip. It is spectacular and the photos from a little iPhone do not do it justice. Tomorrow we’ll learn more from a tour. Today there was

Spontaneous Stop #5 / Overlook

The sign said on a clear day you can see 160 miles from this point, but the bad air very often now trims that to 20

The photo can't possibly do it justice.

The photo can’t possibly do it justice.

miles.

If you do go to Mesa Verde consider staying at the Far View Lodge. It is in the park, high on a mesa and every room has a view. And there is a first class restaurant, or a lounge, or a cafeteria style cafe. We opted for a bar menu and a lighter dinner.

It really is an inventive Southwestern menu.

It really is an inventive Southwestern menu.

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2 Responses to Tuba City to Mesa Verde National Park, 245 Miles

  1. Smaktakula says:

    I would love to go to Four Corners–I will someday. Of course, the real thrill–and challenge–is to do what the Simpsons did, and visit Five Corners.

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