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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.

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We visited this cliff dwelling while staying at the Mesa Verde park. We purchased tickets for the tour for myself, my husband, and my 10-year-old son, although since we had a dog... read more

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Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this cliff dwelling while staying at the Mesa Verde park. We purchased tickets for the tour for myself, my husband, and my 10-year-old son, although since we had a dog with us, my husband went on a tour by himself so we could take turns taking care of our dog. We all really enjoyed the tour (although my... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mesa Verde National Park protects a large area containing ancient cliff dwelling ruins in southwest Colorado. The structures are beautifully preserved and amazing to behold. Cliff Palace is the largest of these structures and a must-see attraction at this park. It's visible from several viewpoints on the scenic roads in the park. It is also accessible via tour during the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One can see Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde’s largest cliff dwelling, from an observation platform above, but it is even better to take a guided tour to get up close. Our guide was a young ranger who was informative and enthusiastic and a major reason why the tour was so enjoyable. The one-hour tour required descending uneven steps, walking one-fourth mile,... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Oh my! You climb down a ladder, walk a short distance, and around a corner you see a fantastic village created in the side of the cliff. Once containing at least 150 rooms, this is an amazing, well preserved glimpse into the past. Rangers talk about the structures, the living habits, and culture of long-ago inhabitants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

The history of the park is incredible . We made sure to take in a free tour offered by the park rangers.

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Manor, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

I incorrectly thought that getting to Cliff Palace was fast. We got there after a night of snowfall and it took us about 45 minutes to get through the 20 miles it takes to get from the entrance to Cliff Palace. It was WAY worth it! The view of Cliff Palace and the surrounding area is breathtaking! Getting from the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

don't go to early in the morning the sun will behind behind the site and blind you, best to go closer to sunset for the best view.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Four of us really enjoyed this tour. We really enjoyed the history and the architecture of the dwelling.

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Bishop, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Long drive..... well worth it. It was a day full of adventure. A fantastic cultural and educational experience. One of my favorite national parks. We climbed and crawled to get to parts of the park. It was interesting to learn from the Park Rangers and imagine life of the inhabitants. Don't worry you can climb the ladders. I met two... More 

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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I didn't even hike down to it because I'm afraid of ladders and there are a couple to go up when leaving, but I still definitely enjoyed see the structure from the several view points on the cliff tops.

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