We are now in Torrey Utah, a few miles away from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. As if I need an excuse for being behind on the blog, :-), my Verizon jetpack is completely useless here; no signal whatsoever. I was able to briefly hook up to the campground wireless, but it was sketchy at best. I am able to use my iphone’s ATT, which has full bar 4G service, as a hotspot, but with a very low data plan I needed to make sure I wasn’t using too much before doing pictures and a blog.
Leaving Santa Fe we traveled diagonally northwest towards the Four Corners area: the spot where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah all meet. 275 miles from Santa Fe was the town of Cortez CO and it seemed like a good spot to stop for a few days before my reservations in Utah came up. We were on I25 for a short distance, then an astoundingly beautiful drive along US550 north-northwest to Durango CO. It was a good one/two lane highway all the way, no harsh passes to go over, just one smaller down pass as you head into Durango. It was wonderful being back in Colorado and seeing those mountains again! From Durango it’s about another hour on US160 right into Cortez. We stayed at the Cortez/Mesa Verde KOA, and it was really nice. I had tried contacting two other campgrounds in the area, leaving messages about a reservation. Neither ever returned my message, and they were all in the same price range, so I went with the KOA and was very happy I did. We had a beautiful view of Mesa Verde from our big picture window, a beautiful mile long dog walk around a pond, and we were right next to a huge dog park run by the town. I can definitely recommend staying here if you are in the area. It had very clean laundry facilities, was close to a brand new CitiMarket grocery store (where once again we scored with Boarshead cold cuts and loaded up before leaving), and pretty close to the activities we had planned.