Day 3- Up early for a ranger led tour at Mesa Verde. We bought tickets to tour the Square Tower House way back in May, so we were gambling hard on weather and our ability to make it to Mesa Verde on the right day and time. The tour ended up being impressively staffed- 2 rangers and 1 volunteer. The Square Tower House is a well preserved and unique in design. According to the ranger, only one person modern person has been inside the upper tower. She was able to slide in on a plank, suspended by scaffolding (so touching nothing) and take photos and sketch what she saw.
After the tower hike, we walked 6 miles round trip to the petroglyphs. After the hike, we cruised on to Farmington, NM to visit friends.