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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty steep descent and ascent, not for anyone with bad knees or breathing problems, the altitude makes it hard to catch your breath for a moment. But totally worth it, our guide was very knowledgeable and we were all really happy we made te effort.

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Independence, Missouri
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even if you aren't a history buff, Mesa Verde is a must see. This is one of the many areas of our country that makes up this land we call America. As you look at the cliff dwellings and wonder how these remarkable people survived is beyond me. Their ingenuity and survival instinct is incredible. You don't have to be... More

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Tampa, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

What an absolutely amazing and incredible place to visit! We had such a wonderful time on our visit and we hope to go back very very soon!

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Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have been here before, but am still amazed at what was built here. If you love history and architecture, this has it all. The Park Rangers are very friendly and informative. it was also fun for my 13 year old who enjoyed the tight crevaces and ladders you have to traverse on the tour!

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The loop drive around Mesa Verde is spectacular but it is well worth the effort to schedule a tour of one of the sites. The ranger-guided walk for the Cliff Palace was informative and the views breathtaking. One shouldn't go home without a personal and close-up look if at all possible. It will bring the history to life. The walk... More

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Pittsburgh, Pa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

- Bought tickets for the 9:30 am tour the day before at about 4 pm at the Cortez visitor center. They were selling 11 am tickets at the park visitor center at 8 am the next day. - There is an example ladder at the park visitor center if you want to look at it. - The ladder is very... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Timed tickets required a wait but it provided a sense about how these people lived. The ranger was knowledgable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We did not take a tour, but this Palace is a stunner even from across the canyon! Beautiful! The history and background to this place is extraordinary. We will go back and take the tours next time.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Cliff Palace was an amazing place to stop and see. You need tickets and can only purchase them up to 2 days in advance. They're only $4 though! Not very hard to get around there unless you're unable to climb a ladder. There were several small children (much younger than I would've ever brought on the tour) who managed without... More

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Maryville, Tennessee
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218 reviews 218 reviews
66 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our tour guide couldn't stay in character (Willa Cather), but it was a good tour none the less. This tour occurs in the cooler evening and takes place over a few hours so you have your time to explore Cliff Palace. Beautiful views of sunset as well.

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