Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Gunnison)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

The Black Canyon of The Gunnison has some of the most incredible rock formations we have seen anywhere.  We thought it would be a great place to stretch our legs, take in the views and catch a break from the car for just a bit.   There are trails to hike if that’s your thing, but were content to just take in the sites from the viewing platform. There is a visitor center which can come in handy if you need any … [Read more...]

Mesa Verde National Park

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park, (Mesa Verde being Spanish for green table), offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the Anasazi, who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Be prepared to hike … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park, founded in 1872. One of the reasons the government decided to preserve this area as public land is because it holds the majority of the world’s geysers including “Old Faithful.” Geysers are created by steam generated by volcanic heat under the surface of the earths crust. The establishment of Yellowstone National Park inspired the creation of many … [Read more...]