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Cliff Palace
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Mesa Verde National Park Tour
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Owner description: An ancient cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Spectacular site. Not able to climb in ruins but get right up to them. Guide was very good - she talked about the historical changes through time in how the mesa was used, the use of space at this site, and ideas on why abandoned.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We took the 9am guided tour and it was AMAZING! The entire tour--from start to finish--was in the shade. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing! It was so neat to be down among the ruins and to learn more about the ancestral Puebloans that once inhabited the dwellings. If you have trouble getting in to a tour or don't have time, the overlook gives you a wonderful view of the Cliff Palace, however, if you have time, the tour is the way to go. It's $3/person and it moderately strenuous; my parents are in their early 60's and didn't have any issues with the walk down or the climb up. We also did the Balcony House tour, and I would recommend this one over it if I had to choose--not only is it bigger, but it seemed to move along more quickly. Take both tours if you have time--you won't be sorry!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We observed the dwellings from the observation deck. The amount of time and effort it took the Pueblo culture to create these dwellings must have been long and unyielding. We saw many birds along the paved walkway to the observation deck . One fancy bird was the Green Towhee. Fast moving bird with a beautiful head. There are several benches along the pass and we had to stop several times to rest. Don't forget water....you will need a lot. This is not an attraction for dogs so leave them at home or in your hotel instead of in your car. The temperature is well above 90 degrees in the shade and that was in June. You are not allowed to take your animals on hikes in this park. The cost is $15.00 per private car and $8.00 per motorcycle.

Thank Jayne S
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The trek down to the dwelling was unlike the other dwellings I have visited. This one was quite narrow on old steps which made for more fun. You really feel like you are taking the paths of the former cliff dwellers. The ranger tour was awesome and she was quite informative. The late evening sun was beaming down on the palace which made it almost unbearable but it was still a wonderful dwellig to visit. The exit was even more fun as it was more narrow steps between large rocks followed by several ladders. Spectacular but strenuous.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

What an education! Beautiful landscapes with a great history. To be part of this wonderful place. To step in time and feel the spirit of the native Americans.

Thank Shebashful
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