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Cliff Palace

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

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An Absolute Must See

I’ve been trying to get to Mesa Verde for years and finally got to see it on the way back from Arizona. We only had half a day, but managed to get the Cliff Palace tour. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I’ve been trying to get to Mesa Verde for years and finally got to see it on the way back from Arizona. We only had half a day, but managed to get the Cliff Palace tour. The whole place is just incredible. This is the real deal. You’re climbing up into the dwellings and it feels almost as if you... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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70 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

All of Mesa Verde is wonderful, but this is a must hands on experience. You really get an appreciation for how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived. This is a very well narrated tour, as are all of the park's guided tours. You can tell all of the guides love their job and are truly engaged in the history of the... More 

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Colorado
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We loved this place. You get to actually walk through the entire Palace and have a very informative tour guide. There is some climbing on a ladder that may scare a few off and you should be in decent/not dead shape. There are a few tight spots but the views are inspiring. Take the kids along id they are not... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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200 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We stopped here on a recent road trip. I wasn't up for the tour/hike down, so I took photos from the view point at the top, but my husband took the tour - and couldn't stop talking about it! According to him it was way less physically demanding that the guides made it out to be, so I regret staying... More 

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Bethel, Maine
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Mesa Verde was truly an amazing visit and well worth visiting. The cliff dwellings really let you take a glimpse of life back in the day and make you appreciate what you have today. Spiritual, moving, inspiring... Highly recommend a visit to the dwellings

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I wasn't sure about taking the guided tour because it was up and down ladders etc and we weren't used to the altitude but I'm so glad we did it. The guide was very informative and the trip was just the right length. The ladders and narrow gaps in the rock weren't a problem at all. The whole park is... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This Anasazi pueblo is the largest cliff dwelling on the continent. It dates back to about 1200 AD. Because of its strategic location in a cliff face, the site was easily defended from marauding bands. But a good thing was not going to last. It wasn't the environmental degradation by this people that forced them to abandon the pueblo. It's... More 

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Ruskin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The energy of this place is spooky. Worth the trip. We visited many of the cliff dwellings in the area this one is the largest.

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Cliff Palace is very well preserved and is well worth the trip. There are many others to see also.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went the last day of the season and were lucky enough to be able to tour the Cliff Palace! The tour was the perfect length; only 1 hour. Such a great site! The guide mentioned tours may not be able to visit the site next year due to stabilization efforts so check before getting your hopes set on it.... More 

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