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Address: Wetherill Mesa Info Kiosk, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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2 hour tour

In depth tour, must drive 1 hour 15 minutes to get to hike start. Summer is brutally hot, make sure you are acclimated to the heat and altitude. Wear a sun hat, lose fitting long... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

In depth tour, must drive 1 hour 15 minutes to get to hike start. Summer is brutally hot, make sure you are acclimated to the heat and altitude. Wear a sun hat, lose fitting long sleeves and pants that wick moisture and protect your skin from the rays if the sun. Take lots of water and hydrate with electrolytes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Do it! Great ranger-led tour. Gave us the chance to rest in the shade INSIDE the cliff dwelling while listening to the ranger talk. Got to walk through and look into kivas. Nice hike with steps to accommodate "older" knees.

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The only way to see Long House and most other Mesa Verde cliff dwellings is by taking a ranger tour. This particular one is more limited than the others - only four tours daily and only thirty people per tour. They sell out quickly. The Long House tour lasts about two hours because of the hike required to reach the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Long House is great to visit because fewer people visit the houses on the Wetherill Mesa side of Mesa Verda. As a result, tours are smaller providing more opportunities to ask questions and take pictures. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Long House because it is one of the largest cliff dwellings at Mesa Verda, and like all the others once you... More 

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Lichfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We took the ranger tour, which must be pre-booked, and were really impressed how much more you can see when on the site as opposed to looking down on it from above. The ranger also provided masses of information we would otherwise have missed. It was a fairly long walk down and up but not a problem if you are... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Long House is an exceptional place to tour. Mid summer it can be hot, crowded and less that perfect, but go early, take water and read up on it a bit before you start out. It's an incredible cliff dwelling.. not to be missed.

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Clovis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Mesa Verde National Park is an outstanding site. The many ruins throughout the park are great sites to see. We did not have the opportunity, but walking through the park to the many different "houses" would be the best experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is on a separate Mesa from the other tours, and it is very different from both the cliff and balcony tours. We had a chance to learn about acoustics, as this place has an open Kiva like an amphitheater. The trail is steep, but there are minimal ladders. Also be aware that the road out to this tour is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Also well named! It is very long compared to the other dwellings! These people were quite the architects! Maybe even better than mondern house builders! Look how long they have lasted!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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