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“Can you climb a ladder? Two? Okay, GO!!!”
Review of Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace
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$149.00*
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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 June 7, 2014

Cliff Palace is the most famous of all the dwellings at Mesa Verde and a place I wanted to go to since I was a child and first heard about it. You do have to buy tickets for the ranger led tours ahead of time. You can buy them in advance (up to two days before and in person and there are 4 locations that sell them. You can find the specific locations on the official Mesa Verde National Park's website). It takes about an hour to drive to Cliff Palace from the Park Visitor's Center so take that into consideration. We were only in town for one day and were able to get our tickets within about a hour and a half of when we first arrived at the center fortunately, so arrive early. The tour itself is great. Tours are considered strenuous so use your best judgement. I'm a bit chubby but I thought the trip down was fine. The do take stops to explain the history so that's a great opportunity to rest, take pictures, and drink water (make sure you bring it!!!). One of the best parts is climbing out of the cliff side using two ladders. Native Americans did not use ladders to climb out so as you are going up, you can see the hand and toe hold holes in the rock they originally used and touch them. Very cool.

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is one of those places that was high up on my bucket list! And I am SO happy that we got to tour this extraordinary place with a knowledgable and friendly Ranger Guide. Only wish we had done this ten years, or so, ago. Be forewarned the climb down (around 10 stories) was not easy and often precarious. The Cliff Palace is spectacular and Must Be Seen. In our late 60's and not "buffed",this was a very challenging tour for us; including climbing ladders,etc and then having to climb back up to the Mesa top. Do not skip the drive around the mesa top from which you can see
all the many various points of interest. Also, the Museum is very interesting and included a short film about the area. If you are young, healthy and energetic, go NOW!!!!

1  Thank kmormlo
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

My mother had her hip replaced so we were concerned about taking these tours. Cliff Palace was the perfect choice! Although she had to take it slow, she got around with no problem. The tour guide was very informative. It's unbelievable that people lived in these dwellings. Would definitely recommend!

1  Thank WaterfallsLover
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Fantastic Ranger led tour. Get your tickets ahead of time, $4 per person and worth it. We did the 9am tour before it got hot and crowded.

2  Thank RobininABQ
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

I've been to Mesa Verde before but had never seen Cliff Palace up close. We did the tour and it was great! You don't get to go in any of the ruins, just walking next to them but it's wonderful getting to see everything from ground level. You go down some steep stone steps at the beginning and at the end there are some steps and then two ladders to get out. The guides are very knowledgeable and have a great deal of interesting information to tell!

Thank April H
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