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Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, CO
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
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Spanish Fork, Utah
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90 reviews 90 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

First off...the scenery is spectacular. The Visitor's Center is at the entrance to the park. You can drive about 20 miles into the park...but be forewarned...you won't see much if you're just driving. It seems the best way to see most of the cliff dwellings is on one of the ranger-guided tours. Even at that, the average traveler may have... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We arrived around 1 pm which meant most of the tour tickets were already sold out - we managed to get on the 5.30 pm tour of cliff palace. Four hours driving the loop and climbing down to other attractions was a great way to wait for our allotted time. Only gas in the park is economy or diesel so... More

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Commerce City, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

AWESOME!!! Mesa Verde is a GREAT vacation destination. You should know a few things: 1. You could spend a least 3 days easily. 2. It is not close to anything. 3. Once you enter the park you still have a lot of driving. 4. They have 2 tours you should purchase those tickets 1st thing in the morning they sell... More

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Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

All I can say is this place is fascinating. I spent 2 days in the park and still couldn't take it all in. If you go I suggest taking at least one guided tour. The 700 year tour is more adult oriented with a knowledgeable guide. Our guide had studied ancient civilizations in many corners of the world. He used... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of the trails where you do not need to sign up in advance. Its a "self guided" trail. The hiking is a very doable. The trail is well marked and I recommend people to do the $2 donation to get the guide. Also definitely bring some water. At the end of the trail (or the beginning depending... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Admission was well worth the $15 it cost. The park is divided into two parts (Chapin Mesa and Wetherill Mesa). Do as many of the tours as you can (3 x $4 each = $12), and definitely go to both free houses. On Chapin Mesa: Balcony House Tour has a very long ladder and a tunnel. Cliff Palace Tour had... More

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Ottawa, ON, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A must see if you are in the area. The ranger lead tours are excellent, so make sure to book at the main visitor centre.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Cliff Palace and the Spruce Tree house were excellent. The entire park is worth seeing. Bring water with you, the hiking can be strenuous. Beware that the trail to see the hand paintings is a lot more difficult, and longer than advertised. It requires scaling boulders. Several people had to turn around before seeing the paintings. I completed the trail,... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This national park is so beautiful! We drove around and visited the spruce tree house. We hiked the petroglyph point trail. A 2,5 hour walk, really amazing views! Make sure you bring enough water, it's hot!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing to see the cliff dwellings. Great views from the road and pull-off sights. Can take hiking tour and climb up into cliff dwellings. Amazing piece of history. Nice museum and good movie.

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