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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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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This a unique property. Access to the Cliff Dwellings is very special. The Rangers are very knowledgeable and emphasize safety during the tour. It was the highlight of our tour of 10 National Parks on this trip.

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Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Liked everything-the tour was great. You should just show up early to book and enjoy the entire area!

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great experience. Toured the ruins at Noon and enjoyed the shade. Later in the afternoon it would have been in the blazing hot sun. Well worth getting up early to hit the Visitor Center. Going in the off season has the added perk of being bake to tour both the Cliff Palace and Balcony House, BUT Long House and the... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Ranger led tour by Ranger Kevin was wonderful. Highly recommend this tour. So much history and you learn how hard life was for these ancient people. Highly Recommend.

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Victoria, Canada
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204 reviews 204 reviews
114 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you cannot get tickets for the tour, just go to the view point, snap your panoramic picture and you'll be happy as we rightly felt we didn't need to go on this tour after seeing the site from the view point. If you do get tickets, try to be in the first group, as this is the only group... More

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New York City, New York
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178 reviews 178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

If you are fit enough to climb ladders and tight, steep stairs in a high altitude climate, then go for this. Our ranger Katie engaged us with the "mystery" of these Puebloan people, who suddenly built this sophisticated structure in a cliffside and just as suddenly abandoned it. She said it is gradually separating from the cliffside (after 1300 years!)... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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