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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705294465
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A must to visit and you don't have to book a tour

Really worth the visit. The signage warning about the strenuous walk is bunkum. It's easy, the downhill is fine as the path is surfaced and winds down the hill. Return trip is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Thornton-le-Moor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Really worth the visit. The signage warning about the strenuous walk is bunkum. It's easy, the downhill is fine as the path is surfaced and winds down the hill. Return trip is fairly steep but there's no rush especially being at 7000 FT. The buildings snuggled into the cliff are fascinating.

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Quepos, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is the only dwelling we toured for a couple of reasons; we were just driving through on a longer road trip, it is FREE, and we had a baby in a front pack. It was very hot and quite steep, so definitely wear tennis/hiking shoes and bring water! All of ou kids really enjoyed it (11,7,4,baby). It was definitely... More 

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Sibrina Czech republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Into this house you can go without a guide.You can take a small brochures and there are described all places of interest.There are of course rangers who are very disposed to answer all your questions.It really worth to spend a time there.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

While I enjoyed the main attraction in Mesa Verde, Cliff Palace, I must admit that its little sister is actually the nicer and prettier sibling. Spruce Tree House sits at the base of the park headquarters, and is a lovely (but moderate) downhill stroll on well paved paths. No hiking on rocks, or climbing ladders and squeezing through tunnels here!... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

There is a lot of walking involved. Take water. You can climb inside one of the kive. This is a self guided tour. Take good walking shoes - the walk back up is a workout.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a self guided cliff dwelling ruin that is a short, steep walk down from the Chapin Museum. A ranger is posted down at the ruin available for questions, but the nice thing is because you are here on your own you can spend as much time as you like taking photos and looking around. We have visited Spruce... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Pace yourself, according to your physical abilities and medical conditions. I'm a baby-boomer and I walk a mile a day with my dog, but not in high elevations. Don't consider myself in tip-top shape.... no pilates or yoga and I drink 2 martinis a night.... and smoke 5 cigs a day. This was a doable hike. I'd do it again.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went in the evening with my ten year old daughter - shady on the way back up. A bit of a climb though, but places to rest, all paved Definite climb the ladder down into the kiva It was really well preserved - best in the park

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A visit to the museum was helpful on getting information on the how these people lived. Nice paved trail to Spruce Tree House and guides to help answer questions. Loved the opportunity to go down the ladded into the underground dwelling and experiance first hand of what it must have been like! Is tiring walking back up so take your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Well, off all the cliff dwellings this is the only one you can visit without a ticket. So, come early and don't arrive after 1830 as it closes. Arches is 24/7 but here it's 1830. I understand that some jerk might break something at the site but I think the park rangers should stay on site later. It's not like... More 

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