You walk around the edges of a canyon, then down through it. This isn't for little children unless you have a back pack or anyone having climbing problems. You do go at your own speed. The sites at Mesa Verde are across the canyons unless you are on a tour. This is so neat because you go on your own. You will see some towers and other interesting shapes there. One warning: it gets very hot. I took my Granddaughter one day that it was 105. There are ramadas for a picnic and a campground.