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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Take tour or just hike out to Soda Trail

We did not take the tour since my husband as a thing about heights and this tour you climb a long ladder but it was fun to watch from the trail and see the people who were braver.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Estes Park, Colorado
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Estes Park, Colorado
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We did not take the tour since my husband as a thing about heights and this tour you climb a long ladder but it was fun to watch from the trail and see the people who were braver.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This tour was a lot of fun. For people with a fear of heights, you do have to scramble down and up ladders. For me, nothing scary, but if you have a fear you have a fear. And if you have a fear of tight spaces, you do have to crawl through a small exit way. You can see through... More 

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Kona, Hawaii
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23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Pay attention when they describe the tour and make sure you are up for it. Not far, but the ladders, stone foot steps up a steep cliff and crawling on hands and knees in a small tunnel are a bit unsettling. Ranger guide was great and tons of knowledge.

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was a very cool tour. You go into the balcony house by climbing ladders, squeezing through tunnels, and literally crawling on your hands and knees through a very skinny tunnel. Our tour guide was very informative and interesting. My husband and I enjoyed this very much.

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39 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a fun one for kids with ladders, tunnels and a rock ladder at the end. The only thing I didn't like was you were moved through fast and the ranger didn't what to deviate to much from his set program. I would stop at the museum first if you can to read about the history. Also plan on... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Make sure you read up on what you need to be able to do, climb ladders and crawl through a 18" wide 12' long tunnel. I didn't have time so I just went to the view point and will go back. I was assured by other senior citizens that I would be able to do it.

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30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Highly recommended guided tour for a close-up view to one of the larger and more intact cliff dwellings in the area. The trip costs $4 per person can tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the meeting spot. Before the tour check out the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, just above the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a very fun loving Park Ranger as our guide. He portrayed vivid pictures of the ancestral natives. He is very informative and made the whole trip very memorable. He made climbing up the ladder and going through the small opening so much more fun.

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Southaven, Mississippi
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37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The Cliff Palace exhibit is undergoing some work, so this was the only tour I took during my visit. It's amazing. A bit more strenuous than I expected, the ladder climb is higher and the tunnel exit is a little smaller than I was led to believe. It made the experience just a little more memorable. Our tour guide, Kaitlyn,... More 

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360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We were staying in Cortez and booked our tickets at the welcome centre in town. The lady was very helpful and said we would need to allow 2 hours to get there. I thought this sounded a lot so I checked at the visitor centre and they said 1.5 hours. We were booked on the 9.30am tour and allowed just... More 

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