We checkout out of our Cortez, Co motel and headed to Mesa Verde NP early in order to be at the Visitors’ Center by 8:00 a.m. when they opened. We got tickets for the tours at Balcony Place and Cliff Palace. After viewing the intro movie at the Museum, we did Balcony Place at 9:00. Then we visited several of the self guided sites on Chapin Mesa. We had a picnic lunch near the Museum and continued from there to visit more of the sites.
The heat was extreme, and we were running out of motiviation to continue visiting sites, so we went back to the museum to look at the exhibits and the Spruce Tree House until our 4:00 p.m. tour of Cliff Palace.
After the Cliff Palace tour, we headed to Durango. We checked in to our motel, then went to the downtown section for supper. We ate at Steamboats Brewery and returned to the motel.