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Address: , Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705294465
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.

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After Hours Tours are the Way to Go.

Signed up well in advance (about six weeks in advance) for the after hours photography tour which is limited to 10 people. Similarly, on other days of the week there's a twilight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Signed up well in advance (about six weeks in advance) for the after hours photography tour which is limited to 10 people. Similarly, on other days of the week there's a twilight tour which is capped at 20 people. These tours are the last ones of the day and occur after the regular tours, which have 50 people on them,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of the larger houses in Mesa Verde National Park. Less of a strenuous tour than Balcony House. Still requires you to climb a couple ladders to get back above the cliffs. Our tour guide had done his homework and although there are many questions about the Ancestral Puebloans the tour guide laid out many theories about why these ancient... More 

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Paramus, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The kids were somewhat neutral about Mesa Verde until we took the Ranger guided tour into Cliff Palace. It is a much different experience when you are actually standing among the ruins and the Rangers add a compelling narrative to what you are seeing. Kids thought the ladder climb out of the area was cool as well. Remember to buy... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

One of the best examples of cliff dwellings, BUT... reclamation work limits access so the tour leads people down to spend a great deal of time in the sun without giving them the chance to see inside. For now, do Long House inside.

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Galveston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Somewhat challenging because of the heat; however our ranger guide was excellent in his guiding & presentation of history of site. We were able to get up to the front of the site, although we were not able to explore the various rooms. Apparently site is fragile. Overall the tour was quite an experience! Hard to imagine families living so... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I came to Mesa Verde strictly to see Cliff Palace. I was disappointed that the touted tour wasn't what I actually received, but this did not diminish the awe of standing in a place of its magnitude. This is not only Native American history, but HUMAN history up close and personal. To see the methods used, the heights achieved, and... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

There is a small fee involved and you must purchase tickets at the visitors center for a timed tour before you drive approx. 20-30 minutes to the cliff palace.(you cannot buy tickets at the cliff palace) Once at cliff palace location, You walk down a walkway to an area that overlooks the cliff palace. (this is where you meet the... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

All of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde are worth the effort of the climb. Going back in time to the life lived by the Ancestral Puebloans is an exercise in historical imagination. No written language, no records for us to verify why they were there or why they left. The challenge is not just physical, but mental and well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The cliff dwelling tour and the other tours were fantastic. A bit strenuous, but I'm so glad I did it! It seems that they really try to talk you out of it if you're reluctant of the ladders and tunnels. Don't let them. If I can do it most can.

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lynn and I spent an entire day at Mesa Verde recently. Certainly, if you do no other hikes you really must do the Cliff Palace. It is a massive 13th century dwelling with many Rooms and kivas. Certainly, you can get a photo from across the Valley, but part of the magic of this site is to go down and... More 

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