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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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Worth the Walk

The walk down is not hard, not too bad going back up. If you're in ok shape, make the walk to the petroglyphs. Not for the petroglyphs (they look like a teenager from the time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The walk down is not hard, not too bad going back up. If you're in ok shape, make the walk to the petroglyphs. Not for the petroglyphs (they look like a teenager from the time period made them) but the trail is super cool with rock staircases & you even walk through the crack in a rock. That walk is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We did this tour with 2 children (4, 6) and one baby (6 months, strapped to my chest). My husband and I are overweight and out of shape, but this tour was still very doable! Our children were wearing Jr. Ranger vests, so the Ranger guide gave them special responsibilities. I recommend wearing proper footwear. I was wearing flip flops,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Went to visitor center at entrance and obtained tickets for 2 pm ranger guided hike. Met at designated spot and tour exceeded any and all expectations! Crying babies, obnoxious people, excited people and ranger were all in awe as were we as we entered and visited this city/home of the ancients. Appreciated the ranger's "moment of silence" before entering! Wear... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Unbelievable hand made structures created by ancient Pueblo people inside a cliff. Its hard to imagine how they climbed up and down the cliffs and created these houses and lived for over 100 years till 1300 AD!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It is truly baffling to see how the dwellings were constructed and why. There's a guided tour to the cliff dwellings and it is very informative. My visit was in 2008.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

great to see how the structures were built/rebuilt and the original communities used the surrounding environment.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Cliff Palace was closed for restoration but fun to watch from the trail and see work going on. You could walk to the overlook and see and get good pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Took a couple tours in Mesa Verde and this was one of them. Definitely not disappointed. It was fascinating to see all these structures up close. Amazing how intricate this place is and was fun to see it from the live angle instead of up high through a camera lens.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Took the ranger guided tour here. Plenty of interesting information. Great to learn how the people lived in the area years ago. there is some "climbing", but nothing strenuous. This entire National Park is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Very beautiful. It's hard to believe that a place like that exists. Definitely worth seeing. The tours didn't begin until the end of May, so we had to see it from above. The park offers night tours and a photography tour of this in the summers. Definitely want to come back and do that!

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