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Take time in fall for a unique look at Mesa Verde National Park

This not a “corn, beans and squash tour,” says Venancio Aragon to a group of nine people wearing scratched and dusty hiking boots.
It is 8:15 a.m. on a September Sunday and the sun is still spilling early rays over the high hills of Mesa Verde National Park and into the parking lot of Far View Terrace.
The interpretive ranger adjusts his white rimmed aviators and continues his introduction. Other rangers think this tour is boring, he says. It’s not the Disneyland of the park.

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