Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, September 15, 2009
Spend a night or two in Morefield Campground, just 4 miles inside Mesa Verde. With nearly 400 sites, there’s always plenty of space! The campground rarely fills. Each site has a table, bench, and grill. Camping is open to tents, trailers and RVs, including 15 full hookup RV sites that require reservations.
Morefield’s campsites are situated on loop roads that extend through a high grassy canyon filled with Gambel Oak scrub, native flowers, deer, and wild turkeys.
Several of the park’s best hikes leave from Morefield and climb to spectacular views of surrounding valleys and mountains. Camping – National Park Service Mesa Verde
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I have had a fair amount in difficulty in correctly identifying some of the sandstone features in photographs from our 2007 trip. When I’ve tried to match them up with photographs on Google Images, I’ve discovered that the same feature might be identified by two or more different names.
If I can’t give it the right name, I’d prefer to call it by a generic name, such as “sandstone feature.”
I found this particular feature identified online as either “The Organ” or “The Tower of Babel.” The two are actually relatively close to each other in the park and both are sandstone fins, eroded into their current shape over millennia.
Google Maps and Google Earth yielded the images for an identification. In Google Earth I was able to get a three dimensional view that approximated the shape above from the side that the picture was taken. In both, it can be seen that The Organ has a parking area next to it, while The Tower of Babel doesn’t.
We are planning another trip to Arches. I intend, this time,to do a better job of collecting information related to my photos.
Online info on Arches National Park.
Additional Arches National Park posts at Haw Creek Out ‘n About.
The Stanley Hotel is a 138-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies. It was built by Freelan O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. The Stanley Hotel also hosted Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining. Contrary to information sometimes published, King was living in Boulder at the time and did not actually write the novel at the hotel. Parts of the mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there, although it was not used for Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic version.
More from Haw Creek Out ‘n About on the Stanley Hotel:
The Stanley Hotel Website