We had taken Ranger to visit 'the cousins' (GunDiva's horses) the night before. The drive was uneventful, horses traveled well and sunny. We pulled into Cortez a few minutes before 5:00 p.m., phoned the ranch for specific directions, and 25 minutes later saw the 'face' of the ranch.
On Friday, we just kicked about the campsites, enjoying the main campground with the tent sites, an eating area and complete with a chuckwagon kitchen.
Alloy had the hives - again - when we left home, so we weren't sure if he would tolerate being ridden. However, he was good when Bill saddled him up for a short walk around the campsite.
This was a male hogan that was in the camp. Reba explored it like it might be a dog house. These small ones were often used as sweat lodges; less space to get hot.
This was the 'outhouse'. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but was very warm and clean inside, with a real hot water shower and a flushing toilet.
Saturday we decided to take a trail to the closest Anasazi ruin that was on a trail that left right from the campsite. However it was on permitted BLM property, so not wanting to get the owners in trouble by riding the horses there, we opted to hike. Reba dog thought this a good idea because than she could go (she does not like being with the horses, so it is either her or horses with us). She did a LOT of free running on this trip. For a house dog, her feet held up really well, but she did get pretty tired on the hike; I would guess about 4 miles.
Sunday dawned sunny and warm with a very slight breeze; perfect to hit the trail. After a lazy breakfast we headed out with the horses. It was about a 1/2 mile ride down a county dirt road, then a bit down a paved road to get to the Canyon of the Ancients Monument.