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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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"Mind Boggling and Must Do"

Went to visitor center at entrance and obtained tickets for 2 pm ranger guided hike. Met at designated spot and tour exceeded any and all expectations! Crying babies, obnoxious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went to visitor center at entrance and obtained tickets for 2 pm ranger guided hike. Met at designated spot and tour exceeded any and all expectations! Crying babies, obnoxious people, excited people and ranger were all in awe as were we as we entered and visited this city/home of the ancients. Appreciated the ranger's "moment of silence" before entering! Wear... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable hand made structures created by ancient Pueblo people inside a cliff. Its hard to imagine how they climbed up and down the cliffs and created these houses and lived for over 100 years till 1300 AD!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is truly baffling to see how the dwellings were constructed and why. There's a guided tour to the cliff dwellings and it is very informative. My visit was in 2008.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

great to see how the structures were built/rebuilt and the original communities used the surrounding environment.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Cliff Palace was closed for restoration but fun to watch from the trail and see work going on. You could walk to the overlook and see and get good pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Took a couple tours in Mesa Verde and this was one of them. Definitely not disappointed. It was fascinating to see all these structures up close. Amazing how intricate this place is and was fun to see it from the live angle instead of up high through a camera lens.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Took the ranger guided tour here. Plenty of interesting information. Great to learn how the people lived in the area years ago. there is some "climbing", but nothing strenuous. This entire National Park is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Very beautiful. It's hard to believe that a place like that exists. Definitely worth seeing. The tours didn't begin until the end of May, so we had to see it from above. The park offers night tours and a photography tour of this in the summers. Definitely want to come back and do that!

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Photos just don't tell the whole story. TIP! Make your first stop at the visitor center before you enter the park. This is where you buy your tickets for the different tours. You can plan your time and take two tours in one day and still have some free time. Stay two days if you have the time, there is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were unfortunately only able to see this amazing city from above where there is a great view down into the city. The city was under "construction" so it was closed to the public. The park ranger at the park entrance did not mention anything about this, so please make sure you ask if any of the areas are closed..... More 

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