ANCIENT RUINS ITINERARY April 20-26, 2014
Sunday, April 20
We will meet this afternoon at Applebee's Restaurant, at the Durango Downtown Inn (800 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-5393). We'll have dinner together and plan an early evening so everyone can rest from their travels.
Monday, April 21
We’ll have an early breakfast then head to the National Heritage Site of Mesa Verde, which is 36 miles from Durango. We’ll spend the day here exploring the famous ruins of Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and the ruins of Longhouse and others on Chapin Mesa.
Tuesday, April 22
We’ll head out early and spend the day at another World Heritage site of Chaco Canyon, where twelve ancient cities of the Anasazi stretch for several miles along Chaco Wash.
Wednesday, April 23
We’ll use this morning for review and critique of our past two days shooting, then head to the nearby Chacoan outlier of Aztec for the afternoon.
Thursday, April 24
The Anasazi Heritage Center, which is a wonderful museum not far west of Durango, is our first goal this morning. Afterwards we’ll head further west into Utah to Blanding, where we will check into a motel then on to Butler Wash, famous for its cliff dwellings and rock-art panels. We’ll spend the night in Blanding.
Edge-of-the-Cedars is a little known but wonderful museum of the Anasazi. We’ll start our morning in the museum and the adjacent Edge-of-the-Cedars ruins, then head to Hovenweep, where six groups of outstanding ruins will occupy us until sunset. Then back to Durango for the night.
Saturday, April 26
Everyone heads home with wonderful photographs and memories.