Mesa Verde’s Wetherill Side- Part 1, The Gate to Step House

Wetherill Mesa, on the west side of the park, is one of the more patience-building areas in our National Park system.  This is because it’s off-limits, much of the year, and is only open 6 hours a day, when it is accessible.

I recognize the reason- the narrow road, with sheer drop-offs in spots, would be horrific places to end one’s life.

Here are some scenes from this final stop on my earlier spiritual quest, on August 1.

This is in two parts.  First, from the gate to the trailhead for Step House, one of two preserved ruins at Wetherill.

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A hawk graced the sky overhead, on that warm day.

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Much of the area was ravaged by wild fire, in 2011.

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Much of it is coming back, however.

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There are a fair number of pictographs and petroglyphs, along the approach to Step House.

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Next: Step House’s Preserved Ruins

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