Wetherill Wetherill

A History of Discovery  

Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez specializes in long-form features for, 5280 The Denver Magazine. A former staff writer for the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, Robert has won or has been nominated for multiple state and nationalRobert Sanchez awards, including the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, for which he has been a finalist twice. The City and Regional Magazine Association twice named Sanchez as a finalist for its writer of the year award, and CRMA has named him as a finalist in its feature-writing, profile-writing, and civic-journalism categories. Robert SanchezSanchez’s story, “This is Ted Johnson’s Brain,” was anthologized in Best American Sports Writing 2010, and his piece, “The Crash,” is included in BASW 2011. Robert also completed extensive research that led to the feature story "Ghosts on the Mesa," a description of early archeology in Colorado and Richard Wetherill a late 1800's self taught archeologist.  Sanchez has lived in Colorado for more than two decades and attended Ponderosa High School in Parker. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Robert is married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen. The two have a daughter, Alexandra, and a son, Michael.

The research for the article "Ghosts on the Mesa," Sandal House, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Coloradoinvolved a day long visit by Sanchez to Sandal House a ruin outside the boundaries of Mesa Verde National Park on the Ute Nation Tribal Park.  The Wetherills visited here 1889 making a collection of artifacts which were sent to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago IN 1893.  Click here to view photos of the Robert Sanchez visit to Sandal House.

Richard Wetherill

Richard Wetherill


Richard Wetherill—who explored countless cliff dwellings across the Southwest, including Mesa Verde’s Cliff Palace—may have been the most influential American archaeologist of the late 19th century. So why haven’t you ever heard of him? A story by Robert Sanchez. "Ghosts on the Mesa"