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Cliff Palace

Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Bethel, Maine
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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171 reviews 171 reviews
99 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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422 reviews 422 reviews
214 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
11 attraction reviews
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited Mesa Verde NP in Oct 2014. At this time of the year the Wetherill Mesa was closed to public, therefore the things to visit were Balcony house the Cliff palace. We were there for the day and chose to visit the Cliff Palace as well as driving around and stopping at the various view points. Its a very... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Mesa Verde National Park is really beautiful. The mountains, the scenery.... just gorgeous. Visiting the Indian Cliff Dwellings was very special. As a kid, you saw these things in history books and I could never imagine actually being there myself. We are experienced hikers, so we considered it a small climb up and down, but I can see why it... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a great piece of American history and worth hiking to if you are up to it. Consider it a challenge for 2 seniors, as there are narrow stone stairs, ladders and tight rock formations to negotiate which makes it difficult to maneuver. Not a hike for people with bad knees, respiratory problems or those who are claustophobic. Having... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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191 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Can only do this as part of a ranger lead tour. It is worth it but does require steps and ladders, so consider carefully. You can the Cliff Palace from a view point across the valley but try and see close up if you can. My husband wanted to do this but I must admit I enjoyed it almost as... More 

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