Colorado June, 2008
Visited Henry Doorly Zoo (Omaha), Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park. We did some river rafting and you want tp check the reputation of rafting companies before you goâ€¦.someone died on the river the day we wentâ€¦.(NOT our company)â€¦but newspaper hinted the company involved had some mishaps before.
Great Sand Dunes National Parkâ€¦HOT, HOT, HOTâ€¦go early in day, bring lots of water, take it easy
if you campâ€¦.see campsite before you commitâ€¦.some places looked like Joe Nobody hung a shingle in the yard and started taking reservations.
Everyone would enjoy this tripâ€¦.but elderly or people with health issues could experience some trouble with the heatâ€¦.altitude could also restrict the ability to do some of the activities. Be prepared for a slower pace at higher altitudesâ€¦it even affected my 3 energetic boys! Water, water, water, we were always thirstyâ€¦.it helps with adjusting to altitude.
Mesa Verde National Park is HUGE! It takes 30 - 45 minutes just to get in the park and to a locationâ€¦.reservations needed to see some of the cliff dwellingsâ€¦not for everyone because of strenuous hikingâ€¦. can see some dwellings from overlooks with easy paved trails
Early June, late May is great time to visit...unique time because snow still in the mountains at higher elevations, Medano Creek is still flowing around base of Great Sand Dunes, Zapata Falls was frigid because of snow meltâ€¦(had to walk in creek to see fallsâ€¦BRRRRR!)
Recommend getting a book on National Parks before you goâ€¦very helpful in what to see, how much time to allow, and priorities if time is short