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

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Best tour of the Park

This is a special place and the added adventure of climbing a 32 foot ladder with a 1000 ft drop if you fall as well as squeezing through an 18 inch wide tunnel at the end (you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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West Vancouver, Canada
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West Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is a special place and the added adventure of climbing a 32 foot ladder with a 1000 ft drop if you fall as well as squeezing through an 18 inch wide tunnel at the end (you have no option but to do this so if you are claustrophobic do not go) will certainly be memorable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

You have to climb a very, very steep ladder straight up to get into the site, but it's worth it! You also have to crawl (literally) through a tunnel and up more ladders to exit. Our kids loved those parts although that first ladder was a white knuckle climb for the grownups.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Found this tour a little more fun than Cliff Palace. Kids loved climbing the tall ladders and crawling through the "tunnel" at the end.

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Vail, Colorado
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

And crawl through an 18 inch tunnel. This house is only visited on a ranger led tour and is so worth it if you can get a ticket and are able to deal with heights, ladders and confined spaces.

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Missouri
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are lucky to take a tour with Park Ranger David Franks you will be in for a real treat. He gave our group the Best Tour! He told stories of the area, how the people lived, the walk down and the Hugh ladder up into the cliff dwellings is amazing! The walk out of the balcony house is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, not good for people that can't climb ladders or stairs, and are claustrophobic, has a spot where you have to crawl thru.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Cliff Palace is a great way to get an overview of the dwellings...but Balcony House lets you relive history! We were so lucky to have Ranger Joe for both tours. He has such incredible passion for the history of Mesa Verde. He engaged our kids (8 and 10) and made the tour relevant in modern terms. He also recommended we... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a ranger led tour that you must purchase tickets for in advance. There are a couple of tall ladders, (one 30' feet high) that must be climbed and some small areas to crawl through. Small children, handicapped and elderly will have a difficult time completing the tour. This is all explained in the brochure as well as discussed... More 

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Atascadero, California, United States
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Another beautiful sight at Mesa Verde. It is amazing to see the construction of this dwelling. Look around and realize what it took for them to get the supplies to the sight to build their home. We had ranger Grey lead us on this tour and she did an amazing job getting the visitors and especially the kids to interact... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We knew, going in, that we were going to have to climb in and out of the place, climb up wooden ladders, and we'd have to squeeze our butts through a tiny tunnel to get out. So we were surprised that our Guide didn't tell the family of 5 that the dad carrying the screaming baby in the Baby Carrier... More 

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

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