I really did not know what to expect. I knew there were cave dwellings and that is about it. The first thing is the scenery. It is a beautiful place. There was a big fire there in 2000 that burned about 20,000 acres. You can see evidence of the fire in many places in the park. Wildfires are a natural happening and have shaped the history of the park. Here are a few scenery shots:
I played around with my panorama settings on my camera. These came out kind of cool.
It was about a 20 mile drive from the entrance to the museum. We started at the museum and watched a film to get oriented. Then we visited Spruce house ruins. It is a short, but steep walk from the museum.
Then we drove the Mesa Top Loop. This area did have some nice mesa top ruins of Pit houses and other much older ruins. Although very impressive, not a spectacular as the cliff ruins. There was one turnout that had a 1.2 mile hike out to a point called Sun Point view. I could have stayed there for hours.
My favorite shot of the day:
What an awesome day. We did not expect to be able to include this NP in the trip we are on. We are very glad that we did, and would really like to come back and brave the summer crowds and take some of the guided tours. Our experience was much different. There were very light crowds. Just a few families on spring break. We had most of the viewpoints to ourselves. I have not seen this place in summer, but I expect I would prefer this day.
I was really happy to hear that most of my kids were traveling this Easter weekend. There is nothing like travel to lift the soul.