mm have not come to this board since you opened Colorado board.
For Mesa Verde, you need to reserve the cave tour long time before you go there, especially for this long weekend. As I remember, no lodging place to stay there (I might be wrong), besides, you need to drive one hour mountain road from the nearest small town to the park. So it would be a good idea to arrive there early and don't need to stay there over night.
Still envy you guys have so many nice places to see nearby. Michigan is very beautiful during spring but the sceneries don't have any "冲击力", kind of like great smoky mountain. Missing the west so much.