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Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this guided tour and found it incredible that what we were seeing was built so long ago. The ranger was excellent making sure that everyone was comfortable with the paths and steps and finding as much shade as possible. He was very knowledgable and wove a fascinating story about the Pueblo.community.

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minnesota
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We took the first tour of the day, it was great to see the ruins without any people around the structures. The guide was newer to the park but did an adequate job explaining the ruins to our group.

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Okc
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this tour. Usually most of our trips to national parks are self guided hikes, but we found the tour guide interesting. Worth doing

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Colorado, USA
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I loved the tour and the hike down and back up are not a big deal. But our 7 and 5 year olds were pretty bored and would have rather just done the self guided tour at the visitor center. Be aware it's an hour drive from the highway!

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Although you can visit this treasure only as part of a guided tour and I felt somewhat pushed back in time to my school-trip days, the chance to see what the Pueblos built and how they lived 800 years ago was more than worth it. It is truly a national treasure and it makes you think about what we did... More

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Perth, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The cliff palace was really interesting and excellent value. For $4 you get a one hour ranger led tour of the complex. Very well preserved and looked after site gives you great insight into the ancient Puebloan people. The rangers are fantastic, so energetic and enthusiastic with a story teller way of presenting the site. You go down stairs to... More

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What an experience! Now, I never knew this place was here. We never learned about Mesa Verde when I was in school and it wasnt until I was in this area on vacation that we planned a trip out this way. I was in awe at how beautiful Mesa Verde and specifically Cliff Palace was. Our tour guide, Lindsey is... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

You have to see the Cliff Palace with a tour guide, who are very knowledgeable. Fantastic old dwellings and you got a real feel for how they used to live. Not for people with poor mobility, as steps and ladders to climb.

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The Colony
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Everyone must try to tour the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde just once...we almost waited too long (I just turned 65, lol)! It's a fairly challenging climb up and down on ladders, but well worth it. Loved the tour and our guide, David, was phenomenal!

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Dennisport
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

So picturesque! Definitely a highlight of our trip. Staying at Far View Lodge was key. Didn't have to travel 30 mins to get into the Park.

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