Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

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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  • With 150 rooms, this is the largest cliff dwelling anywhere! It is mind boggling how people lived here 900 to 800 years ago with only toe holes carved in the sandstone and ladders allowing access to t...  more »
  • Make sure you get tickets a day ahead and then take at least one of these tours. Great value and time!  more »
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  • Fantastic! Just wish we would have been able to go into the site.
  • Totally awesome. It is so cool to see up close.

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