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Mesa Verde is filled with ancient cliff dwellings which were home to Native Americans hundreds of years ago. The dwellings are incredibly well preserved, due to their protection from nature's elements.

The quest: Eight national parks in eight days

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Somewhere along the back roads of Utah the thought occurred to us that we'd bitten off more than we could chew.

Inspired by the Ken Burns public television series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the goal was to visit eight U.S. national parks in eight days.


By the time we'd checked five off the list, the restless crew in the back seat was about ready to head home.

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