We had the pleasure to visit Mesa Verde National Park as a family. If you’ve been there, you know. If you ever get the chance to go – take it! This National Park had been on my list and took awhile to line up our southwest travels with weather so that the park wasn’t covered in snow. We seem to find ourselves with long driving trips, but only in the winter months when a lot of the parks are closed or offering only limited access.

We found ourselves-with four kids in tow-traversing the plateau that was still slowly coming back from a forest fire over ten years ago. Several horses had also broken through their fences from the nearby Ute reservation and were roaming the plateau among the tourists. The amazing sky with scorched trees and these wild horses gave the whole experience an otherworldly element. None of us wanted to leave.