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Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went here a few years ago and I must say it is a very special place! Being here is like stepping back in time! I would have to say that this place was the best part of my US trip and I will certainly return!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Cliff Palace is a remarkable cliff dwelling and the most-visited of the cliff dwellings. Buy tour tickets at the Visitor and Research Center off Hwy 160 at the entrance. Do NOT wait until you're in the park to buy them or you won't get one (no place to buy them). Rangers give scheduled 45-60 minute tours and it's the only... More

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West Valley City, Utah
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We visited with our four children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 8) and it was great! The sites were amazing and being right there to see history up close and personal was incredible. Even with little kids we were able to navigate the tour and our youngest enjoyed playing in the dirt while we listened to the cute tour guide... More

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

If you are planning a trip to the southwest, this is a must see. Try to plan your route so you see this. It is just impossible to imagine people actually living here, but they did! There is climbing involved.so if you have any difficulty with stairs or ladders you might not want to do this one. I did see... More

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Bremerton, Washington
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34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was a bit skeptical at first, as my dad planned the vacation and the description of this place didn't seem that amazing, but it really is quite the area. I recommend also seeing Balcony and Long houses, as they're of equal interest. The cliff dwellings are much larger than I had anticipated, and are actually quite well preserved. The... More

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We took the tour of Cliff Palace. Our guide, Jill Blumenthal, did an excellent job giving the history and background of Cliff Palace as well as answering questions. This tour does involve climbing ladders through rocks to get down to the ruins and then back to the top of the cliff so it may not be suitable for those with... More

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We've been to Mesa Verde National Park 3 times now and are always blown away by the Cliff Palace. The views from the overlook above the dwellings are spectacular enough but when you get down right next to them it is awe-inspiring. There are tours of at least 2 other dwelling sites in the park but for some reason, by... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This location is the peak of your visit to Mesa Verde. It has in my opinion the best preserved and most photo ops. This is a guided only experience. I advise in any season to make reservations prior to visiting. The entrance is located a short drive from the Spruce House in a gated area perching above the valleys. Bring... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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17 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The Cliff Palace lives up to its well-known photos and it's a great place to get a feel for the cliff dwelling Indians. Be sure you have a good guide who can give you the full story about how these people lived and survived in this arid land. Otherwise, you are just looking at a bunch of ruins and you... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A classic cliff dwelling. Worth the walk down in to see closer than from above. If they're not crowded, they'll let you go on an earlier tour if you happen to show up early as we did.

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