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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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Hartsburg, Missouri
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191 reviews 191 reviews
124 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Even though this is supposed to be the biggest of the structures at Mesa Verde, I was unimpressed with the tour. It costs $4.00 a person and you have to plan in advance because it is most of an hour's drive into the park, getting your tickets first. When we were there I heard a museum staffer say the cliff... More

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boston, ma
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

the walk and climbing the ladders were easy compared to balcony house which we did it first. very large cliff dwellings. super interesting. a must see.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Contrary to my last review of the dwellings at Spruce Tree House, you DO need to pay for tickets to tour Cliff Palace that is the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde and in the USA. The cost is only $4 per person, so it is small money to tour this site. The tickets are sold in the visitor centre... More

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middleo nowhere
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

don't take the tour. see the free places instead. Spruce Tree House and the Grand Mesa Loop. Worth an extra day in the area for sure!!!

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For anyone uneasy with ladders, this may help: My husband and I are in our mid-60s and fairly fit but I was a little wary of the Mesa Verde tours with ladders because I have some problems with heights and some foot issues that make me unsteady on ladders. I mentioned this to a ranger at the visitor center when... More

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33149
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

First, get tickets! You must have a ticket to do this cliff dwelling. Tickets are sold in the visitor center when you first turn into the park or at the museum. Mind you, the museum stops selling tickets at 4pm but the visitor center keeps selling. The visitor center is probably an hour away from Cliff Palace so you don't... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We got our tickets the night before as we were intent on doing the tour early in the day. They warn you when you get those tickets that there are 3 ladders for you to climb to get back up. I am fearful of heights and ledges/cliffs, but I was able to do this with just a bit of nerves... More

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Tampere
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was the last of the national parks we visited on our trip and were actually a bit wary of the travelling. That is why I was surprised how excited we alll were, inclunding the teen agers. We got a good tip from our motel to get the tickets for the tours as early as possible from the visitors center... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Arrive early to insure a spot on a tour. We were road tripping so we got there late afternoon after driving all day from petrified forest. We also lost an hour. I would have hoped for longer hours for tours during the summer. The drive in from gate was very long. That all said, wow! The feeling of driving on... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The twilight tour of Cliff Palace offers a different perspective of the history of the dwellings. Tour is limited to 20 people and presents an opportunity for great photographs without a crowd of people. Since the tour is longer than daytime tours, I wouldn't recommend it for young children.

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