Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

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Visit the largest cliff dwelling of the Mesa Verde National Park, Cliff Palace. Many archeologists agree that the building, which once housed approximately 100 people, had special significance for the Mesa Verde people. For access to the site, you must be with a ranger guide. Book a tour at the visitor center, where you can also learn about the construction of the dwelling and the people who lived there. You'll see inside a complex series of halls, rooms, and towers that are protected from the sun by the canyon. You can get a view of the entire dwelling from Cliff Palace Loop Road. For Cliff Palace and beyond, use our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website to get the most from your Mesa Verde National Park vacation.
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  • They tell you when you purchase your tickets this activity may be too strenuous for certain people. On our tour my husband and father had to help an elderly lady. We waited for this elderly woman in c...  more »
  • One of the places in mesa Verde NP which can be visited only with a guide. You can buy tickets in the visitors center for five dollars, but definitely worth it ... Mrs rangerka and mila, she was talking about the original inhabitants and their homes. the interesting thing is of no one knows why they left or where or who is banished. The path is not narocna, just at the end of the wooden ladder.
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  • This site is accessed only though the guided tour organized by the Park. You need to climb down steep staircase and the exit is equally steep. The tour is very informative. There is plenty of time to ...  more »
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  • Awesome place. Great experience seeing such a fantastic legacy! Could not hike down but certainly a must visit.
  • A true palace with intricate architecture, history and cultural meaning beyond the Mesa Verde itself. This remains alone would be worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status.
  • We were very lucky with our tour guide. Even so he was not a Native American, he was knowledgeable, serious and funny at the same time. It was quit an adventure to take all the steep steps down and narrow passageways up, but so well worth it. Quite astonishing was the indigenous people were able to create and build in this very difficult and hostile environment.
  • Very cool place. Pretty amazing that a people with no technology could make such huge places. Definitely recommend going to it.
  • One of the best interpretive experience tours I've been on, courtesy of Ranger Jack Davisson. And absolute must visit if you're going to Mesa Verde, which site itself is well worth the honor of being a natural wonder of the world. Tour was just over an hour, and you can see basically all of the Chapin Mesa sites in a day. Did I mention affordable? Just make sure to get your tickets ahead of time. We were able to purchase the night before, but the day of our tours we found that all tickets have been sold out for that day and the following day. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the visitor center.

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