|Point Lookout, from the northern end of Mesa Verde National Park.|
From just inside the deserted (it's too early for a ranger to be on duty) entrance station I pull over into the parking lot that is designated for visitors towing trailers to drop them off before driving up the steep tight switchbacks. The parking lot is empty this early in the season. It's a good place to stop and photograph Point Lookout, the iconic northern tip of the Mesa Verde itself. There is a trail to the top of it, from Morefield Campground on the south side of it. The gentle side.
|Mancos Valley Overlook, April 2. The La Plata Mountains in the distance.|
After the first set of switchbacks you come to the Mancos Valley Overlook. Take it. Especially on a springtime morning like this, with the clouds clearing as the early sunlight lights them up.
|Looking south onto the steep slopes of Mesa Verde, from the Mancos Valley Overlook.|
|Morning at the Montezuma Valley Overlook, with Sleeping Ute in the far distance.|
|Panorama from Montezuma Valley Overlook.|
|Sunrise fog near Park Point, Mesa Verde.|
|Foggy turnout, Mesa Verde.|
|Into and out of the morning fog, Mesa Verde.|
Photo location: Mesa Verde National Park, southwest Colorado.
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