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It's been a while since I posted one of our video TRs here, but Mesa Verde is such a special place that I feel compelled to do so. We found stellar boondocking on USFS land for just about any size rig on Madden Peak Road in Mancos, just 15 minutes from the main entrance to Mesa Verde. For those who may be unaware, Mesa Verde is a collection of ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and we tour Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America that dates back to 1190 AD. The craftsmanship that these people exhibited in building these small villages is nothing short of remarkable, and it's a testament to that craftsmanship that these residences are largely still standing over 800 years later. If you do visit Mesa Verde, by all means sign up for one of the tours. That way you get to view the dwellings up close, rather than just from a distance from the canyon rim. You also gain fascinating insight from the explanations the ranger gives during your one-hour tour. OK, without further ado here's the video:
Hope to RV camp near east entrance In Glacier National Park mid July. All reservable sites are taken. Historic fill times are before 8am. If we are able to secure a non reserve site before 8 am, what and where do we hang out with our 25’ Fifth wheel and tow vehicle while we wait for site to be vacated later in the day? Have read all parking lots fill with cars early each day Has anybody tried for a non-reserveable site during peak season?
DW, the dogs and I headed south the Saturday before Thanksgiving to boondock outside of Zion National Park.Arriving in Virgin, Utah right at dark, we first scouted Guacamole Mesa via Dalton Wash Road, but finding the last half mile to be steep and rough but nevertheless negotiable, but without cell service, we opted to check out North Creek area but that was pretty much full. In the end, we headed out onto Sheep Bridge Road in total darkness and nevertheless scored a stellar spot. Our camp on Sheep Bridge Road Report this image Our spot on Sheep Bridge RoadScouting around the region in the daytime, I would've preferred the place we found at Gooseberry Mesa, but I'll save that for another trip. The site we found on Gooseberry Mesa Although the scenery was spectacular, to be honest Zion National Park left me wanting. It was simply too crowded to enjoy, even in late November. Available parking was non-existent, and it was tough to even squeeze my pickup down Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. A series of unfortunate situations nixed my hiking plans, too. In the end I decided to push on to Lake Powell to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach there, instead of fight what would assuredly be thicker crowds once the long holiday weekend arrived.Here's the video: