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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705294465
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An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.

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Make sure you book your guided tour asap. The ranger was wonderful, full of information, great sense of humor. We all enjoyed the adventure of climbing up and down to the Cliff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
GregLynn M
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure you book your guided tour asap. The ranger was wonderful, full of information, great sense of humor. We all enjoyed the adventure of climbing up and down to the Cliff Palace. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Take water with you, which will help with altitude. There are uneven steps and narrow paths between rocks. Awesome.... More 

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Creede, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a awesome place and was second for us to see harder to access and harder to climb out but it's one to see

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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is amazing. The guided tour is well worth the time. Knowledgable park guides walk you right through this ruin and give you a great idea of what life was like 700 years ago, living in this cave. The ruins of the buildings are so well preserved. Perfect for history buffs, families and anyone who enjoys the natural beauty... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The one-hour tour is well worth the $4 per person charge. The ranger led us down 120 uneven stone steps to the Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling of the park consisting of about 150 rooms. The communication style of the ranger affects the quality of the tour. You learn interesting facts and history. The tour is considered strenuous because... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived we were told that the cliff house was closed for repairs, but though that was true we had wonderful views from the overlook platform and then from across the canyon. It is truly amazing to think of the Anasazi's building this into the cliff side and with a zoom lens I was able to get great "close... More 

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Silverdale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Mesa Verde and looking at the Cliff Palace is surreal. Imagining what life was like living in these remote areas and the civilization that once thrived here is remarkable.

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Thank Brent M
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The climb down was actually scarier than the climb up the ladders. Rangers tell good stories. Very interesting. There was a lady who had just had hip replacement and she made it - just. You need to be fairly mobile to do this.

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Thank Cathy M
Millsboro, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

First of all, the tour guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating. However, the Cliff Palace rivals the Grand Canyon and other majestic artifacts in the west. DO NOT take the full tour if you have ANY breathing limitations! The steps are not the easiest, and some of the dwellings are a little tight. I didn't go everywhere in the Cliff... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

The Mesa Verde National Park and World Heritage Site created by President Roosevelt in 1906 protects some of the best preserved Puebloan archeological sites. Cliff Palace is the best known of these ancient structures and is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in the country dating back to the 12th century when many of these massive structures were built... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Wow! This place is amazing! The Park Rangers do a great job of "telling the story". There is quite a bit of walking to each site. But the views are breath taking!! This was the perfect time of year to visit, not to hot.

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