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Address: Wetherill Mesa Info Kiosk, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Worth the effort and time to get there! Large, well preserved cliff ruin

You must allow an entire morning or afternoon for this tour, but it is well worth it. The drive out on Wetherill Mesa is interesting and scenic in itself. Long House is only open... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Long House is the second largest ruin at Mesa Verde. Wetheril Mesa is further out and thus it offers the chance to visit sites away from the crowds. This gives the visitor the chance for some privacy and uncluttered photography. A must visit site at Mesa Verde.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

You must allow an entire morning or afternoon for this tour, but it is well worth it. The drive out on Wetherill Mesa is interesting and scenic in itself. Long House is only open in the summer, so you must take advantage of it if you are there then. It is a grueling 2+ miles not for the very young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Why do most of the World think the USA do not have an ancient history with ruins to show us just how advanced the First Nation people were? Fascinating place to visit. Give yourself a whole day to fully explore all the Mesa Verde Park.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Long House is another ticketed Mesa Verde tour which is well worth taking, but requires a winding drive out to the tip of another mesa, a hot treeless walk and requires setting aside several hours to do this. Rewards include seeing another stunning example of tucking a whole ancient community into a sandstone alcove, while farming the mesa above. Each... More 

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Harbor City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is another cliff dwelling worth the effort. The descent and ascent from the Long House is moderately strenuous. The Long House is the largest of the cliff dwellings and there are things to see that you don't see in the other dwellings such as recovered timber.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The situation of this dwelling in the canyon is intentional and proves the ingenuity of the Ancestral Pueblos despite increasing pressures on resources. This is an intense site and will take your breath away. Ranger Jak was our guide and he has fantastic grasp of site history and an ability to help visitors understand/relate to the information using pop culture... More 

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Bonsall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Tours of Long House are limited to 30 people, so they are a bit more personal than the more popular Cliff Palace and Balcony House tours. Everything at the end of the road on Wetherill Mesa is far less crowded than the rest of the park, but you'll have to do a lot of hiking to see anything. It wasn't... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Incredible experience. Guides will take you through the area and you can get a close-up view. See how ancient humans adapted to nature, made a life and a living for themselves. and thrived until they used up the local resources and the climate changed. Using the protection of large caves set into the cliffs of mesas, the ancients built housing... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We arrived at the Mesa Verde visitor's center around 10:30am for a two-day visit in June and were lucky enough to get the last two tickets for that day's Long House tours. We grabbed lunch at Far view Terrace, then spent the afternoon at Wetherill Mesa. This side of the park is MUCH quieter than the Cliff Palace/museum area. The... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We did the Long house tour in the early afternoon and had a great time. Our guide was great at explaining the structure and about how the Pueblo people lived. We learned about the roles of the people and about how they built and used the cliff dwelling to survive in this area. Our guide worked very hard at engaging... More 

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Address: Wetherill Mesa Info Kiosk, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Mesa Verde National Park

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