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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.

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Great views

Unable to get close due to renovations. BUT the view across the canyon was beautiful.. A great place to visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Greeley, Colorado
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Greeley, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Unable to get close due to renovations. BUT the view across the canyon was beautiful.. A great place to visit

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Annapolis, Maryland
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

I was truly sad to learn that the Cliff Palace was closed for needed repairs. But do not despair ...while you can't go in you can see it from across the canyon. In certain ways it is better. While you are "in" something you can't see the grandeur of the entire site.

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Kanab, Utah
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60 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I cannot give as full a review as others have, because the Cliff Palace is closed for restoration for at least part of 2015. However, this affords the opportunity to view it from Sun Temple Viewpoint with absolutely no people wandering around as you look. We were also given the opportunity to park our car at the gate of the... More 

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Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I’ve been trying to get to Mesa Verde for years and finally got to see it on the way back from Arizona. We only had half a day, but managed to get the Cliff Palace tour. The whole place is just incredible. This is the real deal. You’re climbing up into the dwellings and it feels almost as if you... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

All of Mesa Verde is wonderful, but this is a must hands on experience. You really get an appreciation for how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived. This is a very well narrated tour, as are all of the park's guided tours. You can tell all of the guides love their job and are truly engaged in the history of the... More 

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Colorado
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We loved this place. You get to actually walk through the entire Palace and have a very informative tour guide. There is some climbing on a ladder that may scare a few off and you should be in decent/not dead shape. There are a few tight spots but the views are inspiring. Take the kids along id they are not... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We stopped here on a recent road trip. I wasn't up for the tour/hike down, so I took photos from the view point at the top, but my husband took the tour - and couldn't stop talking about it! According to him it was way less physically demanding that the guides made it out to be, so I regret staying... More 

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Bethel, Maine
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 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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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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