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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  • We toured both Cliff Palace (first) and the Balcony House with a short break in between. Both were excellent tours. Buy your tickets in Durango at the Visitor Center ahead of time if you can.  more »
  • Very well preserved you'll have the opportunity to make beautiful pictures from the point of view just in front. Interesting to see how our ancestors lived
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  • Cliff House is the most impressive house when it comes to shear size. Again this is a ranger led tour and requires the purchase of tickets in advance. Our group included the 700 years tour participant...  more »
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  • The Cliff Palace is part of Mesa Verde's magical draw. It reminds me that if you have a group of people who want to work together, they can do amazing things. The Pueblo Indians seem to be drawn to this location because of a water source, food, building materials, and pretty amazing shelter affording them protection from opposing tribes and Mother Nature.
  • One of North America's great ancient wonders and one of the highlights offered by any national park in the United States. In a park full of unsurpassed ruins, Cliff Palace is the crown jewel. You can see it from the overlook, but the tour is a must.
  • An amazing historical place! I am a huge history buff and needless to say I was surprised to learn how many generations prospered there. Would highly recommend everyone to go, even if you're not into reading facts, just go look at the views.
  • 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.

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