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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Highly recommended to take this ranger-led tour, (it is the only way to get up close). It is fantastic. The ranger lectures help to understand the dwellings and ancient life. We did a morning tour, wanting to avoid the heat of the day. It does require some physical activity, the most difficult going down many steps, and going up steps... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This tour sounded intimidating to a not-so-athletic person, like myself. However, if you don't have any significant health issues, this tour is really not too hard at all. Its worth the trip down into the cliff dwellings to understand the scope of the building done by the ancestral Pueblo people. The rangers are thorough and concise in their explanations, and... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

From a distance it doesn't look real. Up close, it is astoundingly real and our guide, Ranger Joe Sindelar was not only a great leader, but obviously cared very much for his job and the privilege to do it. The climb back to the top after his tour was strenuous...listen to the advice about its difficulty (I'm 70 and have... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Good narrative, dealt with facts as facts and let us know what was speculation. You have to be fit and able to function at 7,000'

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Moline, Illinois
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The ancient Pueblo cliff dwelling were amazing. It's a glimpse into how they built their dwellings, lived their lives and harvested food on the mesas. Our Ranger guide, Tim, was very nice and knowledgable. This is a guided trip and requires tickets bought at the visitors center. Be aware that this requires going down many uneven steps and climbing stairs.... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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30 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It would be hard to say you have seen Mesa Verde without taking this tour. Sure you can see it from the overlook, but to walk the paths among the ruins is a must. This is the premier ruin and is well worth the effort to go. They do like to make sure you can handle the climbing and steps... More

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Parker, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When entering Mesa Verde National Park, stop at the visitor center to purchase tickets to tour Cliff Palace and other Park attractions. During the peak summer season, you will need to purchase tickets early in the day. The park ranger provided excellent historical information and answered a variety of questions thoroughly. Be prepared with good footwear, sunscreen, a hat and... More

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Eugene
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A highlight of our cross country trip. That is saying a lot! Great Ranger, excellent ruins. Very informative. A must see!

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Steens, Mississippi, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nothing to dislike. The guides were super! We learned a lot and enjoyed our time there! The weather is great in June. It was really cool, but you still need to pack your water for the hikes. You will get thirsty!

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great tour! This one was not as strenuous of a climb as a few of the other sites…my younger children were able to safely descend and ascend the stairs and ladders. Amazing architectural structures, and wonderful use of the technology of the time. American national parks are truly a national treasure!

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