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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Ok, so we settled .......

First off, the hairpin turns and scary roads were more than we liked but figured it would be worth it. Second, we intrepid travelers figured we could see the Cliff Palace and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

First off, the hairpin turns and scary roads were more than we liked but figured it would be worth it. Second, we intrepid travelers figured we could see the Cliff Palace and Balcony House on our own. Wrong. You need to take a ranger tour and you can't sign up where the tours start. Nuts. So we did the next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We did this hike with a young family: 2 children (4, 6) and one baby (6 months) in a stroller. The park ranger told me to use the runaway strap on my stroller or it would be like Mr. Toad's wild ride if I lost my grip on the stroller. The paved hike goes down a series of steep switchbacks... More 

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Kelso, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A steep but paved trail; but well worth the walk. So good to see these ancient dwellings up close and be able to stay as long as you wanted to.

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

We have learned history through books. If you want to see it by eyes, you have to visit Mesa Verde National Park. Spruce Tree House tour is one of the attraction of this park and its free. There is a little hike before you reach to the tree house but it is not tough. Just make sure you carry at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

On a two visit to Mesa Verde NP, got tickets for Long House and Cliff Palace for second day at entry visitor's center and then drove highway in park stopping at each attraction for two hours before reaching Museum where trail to Spruce Tree House is located. After viewing video in Museum and appreciating the museum dioramas we walked down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We had traveled miles to see the Anasazi houses and we were not disappointed, on the contrary. Mesa Verde is sublime. It only makes you want to go back and to see all the other ancient Indian ruins. The signs of past life, and the quality of our national parks (and their knowledgeable and enthusiastic rangers ) are so exceptional,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

But be aware that you have to walk back up the hill and the elevation is 8,000 feet. This site is wonderful but make sure you have a guide to explain the building techniques and the many interesting features of the pueblo.

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

Spruce house can get very busy so staying at Farview lodge allows you to be there before or after the crowds. This is a very easy hike down and up.

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

Another ancient city to explore. There were rangers throughout the area if you had questions. There was also a small guidebook available for $1. I enjoyed my visit here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went when there was no set tours, just walk down. Very nice, stop in the museum first. Then head down, kids love that you can climb down into one of the round chamber. When you come back up stop at the slick rock up top and look across there are some small ruin in the cliff. Above and to... More 

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