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Free & worth seeing, esp if you cannot get to the other dwellings.

This dwelling is easy to get to, off an easy trail with no ladders or crawling needed. This is the... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
Good, but the on-site ranger was cranky.

This is a a self guided tour in case you can't get on one of the main ones, and it is definitely... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Wetherill Mesa Rd, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

This dwelling is easy to get to, off an easy trail with no ladders or crawling needed. This is the only dwelling currently open to the public which you do not need a ticket. It's not as beautiful as the 3 ticketed dwellings but worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

This is a a self guided tour in case you can't get on one of the main ones, and it is definitely worth on the Wetherill Mesa.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

A fourty five minute round trip from the parking area. Not the easies of hikes, but doable for most people. This is another example of the buildings left behind by the Pueblo indians. You can get up close to the remains. There was a rangers...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andy P
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Self guided Tour. When you reach the split in paths to go down in the site, take the right fork. That allows you to get a folio from ranger at the bottom and read from beginning to end. This is pretty accessible, but does require...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank D L
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Nice short hike and if you pick up a guide book it will explain things to you ,if you don't have a guide book there is a ranger sitting in a chair that can explain things and they have some guide books at the bottom...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tim W
Reviewed August 8, 2018

When the early tickets for Long House, Balcony House, and Cliff Palace are sold out, this is a nice little short hike for all. Take plenty of water. Right off the parking lot at Wetherill Mesa..

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RepentedHipster
Reviewed August 7, 2018

This is a fairly easy tour to do and it is free with an admission fee into the park. I would recommend it, but make sure to know that it will not be as impressive as some of the other sites in the park.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ryanls82
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

If you have a few extra hours while at Mesa Verde, this is a great hike to do, especially with a younger family. Our kids (8 and 10) enjoyed the trail, and found the ruins pretty interesting. It was nice to be away from the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank K1946EFjacobb
Reviewed July 10, 2018

While not as dramatic as the ranger guided tours, this one shows how the roof of the kiva's would have been built. It is worth the short hike to access but after seeing all the other ranger guided cliff dwellings, it is sort of anti...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ttoo
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is one of the cliff dwellings you can walk to yourself without a ranger. It is a pretty easy short hike. Please stick to the same rules of no food or drink on the trails and in the ruins- ONLY WATER. Have respect for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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June 30, 2018|
Response from RepentedHipster |
I’m 71 and I can no longer visit Cliff Palace, Long House, or Balcony House. However, Step House is doable if rest breaks are taken. Taking water is a MUST for anyone.