Backtracking and catching up!
I think I left off with our last bit of time at Mesa Verde before coming to Silverton...
The cultural center in Cortez has a free program every night. We got to see some Native American dancing - an amazing show! Here is the father dancing while his two sons look on:
Back to Mesa Verde the next day. An area that was burned in a forest fire a couple years ago:
We spent some time on Wetherill Mesa ("the quiet side of Mesa Verde"), including taking an excellent tour of the Long House:
Another view from inside the Long House cliff dwelling:
Step House, including a reproduction of an older type of shelter built into the floor (in the background):
The Long House from across the valley:
A multi-room dwelling as part of the Far View Sites:
An inscription in a stone at Far View Sites:
An interesting reservoir that is believed to have held a lot of water (also at Far View Sites):
Another awesome National Park that I highly recommend!