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An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did the Twilight Tour which is the only tour from memory that can be booked online. Fantastic experience descending down the stairs into the valley as silence envelopes you and the sunlight fades. Tour Guide very informative. Well worth doing. Remember that you need to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank george45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After buying a guided tour ticket at the Visitor Centre, we drove a little over half an hour to reach the actual site. If you are early, there is a small shelter to sit and wait as well as a toilet at the car park,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Tantiko
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth side trip on our tour of Utah Parks. Show up a day early or early morning for guided tour tickets, otherwise you won't be allowed in.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 202,202
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde was absolutely fantastic. Our tour was guided by Ranger David Franks, and he was great; I really enjoyed his presentations! The trip doesn't take a lot of physical fitness or agility, we had people of all ages, shapes, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 796jeremym
Reviewed November 30, 2018

This was a very interesting place to visit. It was a bit of a hike in, but well worth it. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful! The kids thought it was great as well!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

We toured Cliff Palace on Sept. 18 in mourning hours. This is a very interesting tour with out a lot of physical ability.The guide was helpful and knowledgable. The tours sell out fast on a first come basis so you need to get to park...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

You can only visit the actual site during the summer months but you can get quite close to it during the winter months too. The view from above is amazing. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Awesome is just the word to describe this NP. After vising this park you are compelled to know how those Ancestral Pueblos were capable to set in this fabolous place several centuries ago. A must see by any means.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RitMarc
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Take your camera., or phone, or ipad and take pictures. The construction is amazing. We wanted to get closer, but in late season they do not let walk down and see it up-close. No tours for up-close viewing at this time. Many other building locations...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ralph R
Reviewed November 7, 2018

A most interesting location, however, you can only get close by a guided tour and be QUITE fit for the various climbs and ladders which makes it only suited to the young and fit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Denise E
November 3, 2018|
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Response from MeganZopf | Reviewed this property |
*Due to the complexity and location of the preservation work needed at Cliff Palace this spring & fall, the cliff dwelling opens on May 25 and will close for the season on September 24."
September 23, 2018|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
Not through the crack in the rock at the end. You could probably do it with a chest carrier, but I wouldn't try the stroller/carrier. With an infant(?), you really should stick to the mesa top ruins and the overlooks... More
September 14, 2018|
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Response from Chartreuse | Reviewed this property |
Losing weight would help. Would recommend taking the earliest tour possible to avoid the heat. There are some steep steps down and parts are exposed to the sun. I saw older folks than me (look like they were 70 and older) go... More