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Ruins Road

Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: Scenic drives that offer visitors dramatic views of Anasazi cliff dwellings.
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Arlington, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
32 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

After l;earning the hard way that most of the Mesa Verde sites are not accessible, this was a pleasant drive. Although you cannot get close to the ruins, you can get a look at several from nearby your car on the road. If you have mobility issues, this drive is your best bet for seeing what there is to see... More

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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187 reviews 187 reviews
129 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We got to Mesa Verde in the late afternoon with about 4 hours to spare before the park closed. We weren't able to go on the tour for the cave dwellings but we were able to take the road and drive around viewing them and going into one. Thanks to one of the friendly rangers he told us to take... More

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Silver Spring, MD USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It's easy to concentrate on Cliff House, Balcony, and Spruce Tree, but I really enjoyed the Ruins Road, too. Square Tower Ruins is one of my favorites.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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67 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If anyone in your car is prone to motion sickness, prepare for a long miserable drive. I got so sick driving into the park, that I had to start driving around Mesa Verde to keep from getting sick. I loaded up on motion sickness meds and tried my best to enjoy the views.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Did this in the early evening after all the other places were closed but before they closed this road and it was gorgeous and almost all to ourselves. So many spots to stop and see the cool cliff dwelling across the canyon on just below the look out points. Also, lots of other villages and kivas along the way. A... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This was an absolutely stunning drive. I was glad to be in the passengers seat and not the one driving because there are numerous hairpin turns and sharp cliffs with no guardrails. I may have been nauseous if I had to do the driving, but I got yo ride and enjoy the phenomenal views. We spotted horses, chip monks, deer,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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495 attraction reviews
411 helpful votes 411 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is a great way to see some of the cliff dwellings from atop the mesa without taking a tour to them. You'll also be able to tour the mesa top sites (pithouses, Twin Trees, Sun Point Pueblo) and stop for vistas of Square Tower House and Cliff Palace. If adventurous cliff dwelling touring isn't your thing, you'll enjoy this... More

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Heathsville, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This drive offers a variety of sites, most involving only very short walks. And it's fun to see if you can spot the cliff dwellings across the canyon - which is sometimes not easy, even when their locations are shown on interpretative boards.

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Australia
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577 reviews 577 reviews
335 attraction reviews
500 helpful votes 500 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Think 700 Years of Mesa Verde history – that ‘s what you’ll get while driving around this 6-mile Mesa Top Loop road starting with the park’s historic district. Most of Mesa Verde's beautiful stone service buildings, post office, restaurant and museum are found here - some buildings date back to the 1920's. We started and continued driving from the Chapin... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I loved every one of the 12 stops along this 6-mile drive. The loop, now referred to as the Mesa Top Loop, leaves from the Chapin Mesa Museum and ends essentially right back there. Along the drive you'll stop to see pithouses, pueblo ruins, and a few scenic overlooks. As a lover of history I enjoyed every stop, but my... More

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