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This week, our travels take us to Cortez Colorado and Mesa Verde National Park! It did not disappoint! Check it out!
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After staying one night in Monument Valley (amazing by the way), we head to Cortez, CO and WestView RV Resort. The RV Resort is very new and very nice with spacious sites and plenty of amenities, including Pickle Ball courts, horseshoes, putting green, and even a Salon and Spa!

The weather was not cooperating for our first few days and it even snowed a bit…. In May! We’re just not used to that, being from Florida! But, the weather cleared up and we got to have some fun!

Once we got our first nice day, it was time to get Lucile (our Indian Roadmaster) out to stretch her legs. So, we headed to Durango with plans to eat (of course). The ride over was a nice ride and Durango seemed like a cool little town. But, we couldn’t agree on where to eat and just went home.

We were also finally able to get out and try the inflatable kayak that we had received (via Amazon) a whole month earlier. So, no returns if we don’t like it. 😳 We drove down to McPhee National Forrest Reservoir and gave her a spin. Absolutely beautiful area and lots of room to explore. The inflatable kayak is acceptable but not as good as any hard side kayak or canoe. It will do for now, but we’re investigating other options.

The highlight of our trip (and the reason we were in the area), was Mesa Verde! The ruins can only be explored with a tour guide, and tickets for said tours can only be purchased in person at the visitor center and only 2 days in advance. So, that’s what we did. The forecast looked good 2 days out, so we scoped out the Visitor center and campground on a cold rainy day.

On tour day, we had two new full time RV friends (Dan and Eva) join us and headed to the park. Mesa Verde did NOT disappoint! We took the Balcony House tour, followed by the Cliff Palace. Both require quite a bit of climbing wooden ladders on steep cliffs. If you’re afraid of heights, this is not for you. Both tours were amazing, but Cliff Palace takes the prize! It’s absolutely incredible to see such a place in person and walk these amazing structures that hosted the Pueblos for 700 years! Our video can, in no way, do it justice. You must put this place on your bucket list!

Coming up next in our adventures… Moab and Arches National Park!!!

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44 replies
  1. Ron Terry
    Ron Terry says:

    Sounds like you just missed the Iron Horse Classic bike race in Durango. It is held every Memorial Day weekend and is quite a party. It is organized around the main bike race that goes from Durango to Silverton but there are a number of other events like a mountain bike race and a criterion. I know you guys are more into “motor powered” cycles than the human powered variety that this event is based around but it is a really fun weekend and is worth returning for. We will be riding the main ride this year. I hope it’s warmer that last year! 🙂

  2. Libby Olson
    Libby Olson says:

    I was sure that bird would top it off with a poop dropping! Thankfully it didn’t happen!
    Loved the cliff dwellings! I always thought they were further south…if I lived there I’d want to Snowbird in the winters. A house with only a fireplace is not place to call home in the mountains’ winters!

  3. Ernest Feltman
    Ernest Feltman says:

    I went there in 2017 in August. I think your video is awesome. It is truly a special place. I think your video makes it look a little rougher than it actually is. Maybe rougher is not the right word scarer than it actually is. I was 66 years old at the time. I only went to the cliff palace tour so I can see why you all were out of breath. Nice job.

  4. Garret Lewis
    Garret Lewis says:

    Watching your video got my wife and I interested in a possible trip there. Probably will not happen for quite some time as we both work and live in Virginia. Anyway, I was looking at the NPS website and saw some information about the campground you may be interested in because you made a comment about it in your video. From the Morefield Campground (inside Mesa Verde) website, "NOTE: Morefield RV & Campground does not allow RV's longer than 46'."


    So you spend $100 on a life jacket and it ends up covering your feet ?? Shame on you. My wife and I had a business in Mancos about 7 miles East of Mesa Verde will be end of June before it warms up then end of August starts freezeing again

  6. casper3380
    casper3380 says:

    Snow in May, welcome to Colorado. The weather in this state is very unique. Been in Cortez 36 years. Seen snow 11 months out of 12 and 8 inches in June. Mesa Verde is a great park. Been there countless times and go yearly. The million dollar highway on a motorcycle is gorgeous. Scary in spots but a very nice ride.

  7. Dee Jay
    Dee Jay says:

    Once again…another great video you two! Beautiful scenery out there…Mesa Verde is on the 'bucket list'!! Tip: How do we pick a place to eat, when we don't know where to stop at? When in doubt…Go to the place that has the most motorcycles parked out in front of it!! Works every time! Bikers always stop where the food is good, and the beverages are cold.

  8. Bob Shaw
    Bob Shaw says:

    Suggestion when your looking for a place to eat ask the local people about places to eat . Does Lucille slow down at all on steep hills ? Chad & Tara may I ask how long ya's have been married ? I love Colorado it's a beautiful state . When I was in the Air Force I went to Tech school @Lowry Air Force Base in Denver . I also drove out to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs . It is so beautiful there & the setting it's in is quite beautiful . If you get a chance it's well worth the drive there & back again . The cliff dwellings were amazing . Was it hard to breathe at the7,000 foot elevation ?

  9. jet0577
    jet0577 says:

    Need to check out Blue Water RV resort on Galveston Island near Freeport TX. Brand new. Opened in May 2019. Use to be a runway they said. And it's across the street from their private beach. They have a YouTube video of the part. It's very nice

  10. Jacqui Zink
    Jacqui Zink says:

    Nice post on Mesa Verde and the outstanding RV park. Regarding the opinion that the park should have more hookups; there were no big rigs when national park campgrounds were built and it is too high an expectation to say they should fit big rigs and have full hookups. 15 full hookups in a national park is great, they do not have the budget to remodel all their campgrounds because there are these huge rigs that want to be plugged in.

  11. John T
    John T says:

    Another great job on the video guys and I know how much work and time, the editing will devour before a nice finished product is ready for release…. so BRAVO. I'm trying to get my sh#$%t together (mostly VA benies lined up) so I can get out there with you. I had a few major setback on this adventure I had planned a few years ago… like a hit and run driver took me out on my Harley and caused too much to go into here n now (fear not I will not make you suffer through that). I also was forced to close mu business and lost 1/2 of my planned retirement income. But I believe that you must just learn to suck it up switch gears (change lanes? lol) and buggy on down that road. So I will be hitting it with an older class A (28 ft) and trailer, with my Road King. I am leaning toward adding an e Bike as well (for a quick trip to store or some other mini-emergency?) Which leads me to what I want to ask (apologize for this rambling). Have you guys experienced any parks that were not Harley friendly, (Another reason for the e bike) Sorry for this long message I'm sure you already have a workload of msgs to go through!! AGAIN..GREAT JOB!! KEEP IT UP!! Thanks for any tips on Harley.

  12. Brent Johnson
    Brent Johnson says:

    Happy New Year and welcome to the new decade. I have been on the road so haven’t been able to keep up with you guys. You would be proud of me – we just went to Minnesota from Texas by way of North Carolina. Haha. Straight lines are boring. We must explore many places while we can!! Thanks for another great video.

  13. RV Traveling MIA Researcher
    RV Traveling MIA Researcher says:

    Great video! I’m just north of there in Grand Junction. Too bad you didn’t ride the train from Durango to Silverton. Silverton is an amazing historic gold/silver mining town with a lot to look at. Keep em coming and hope to meet up on the road someday!

  14. Tom Austin
    Tom Austin says:

    Love y’all’s YouTube channel guys ❤️😎🌎🎥 y’all find the best places to camp 🚌😊 I hope to hit the road this year. Fixing up the house to sell and replacing RV soon to allow my adult kids to join me occasionally. Looking forward to exploring n hiking the west. 👍🌎😊 thanks for sharing and safe travels


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