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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  • 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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  • Beautiful. You can get an excellent view from the viewing platform. This is the most popular tour but I recommend touring one of the smaller sites if your mobility allows it. You get a smaller group, talks targeted more towards adults and a better view/pictures since your not in a mob of 40 people. Gorgeous site but the tour is overrated.
  • The Cliff Palace tour was a high-light for me on the visit to Mesa Verde. There are a lot if steps and a few ladders but I always felt safe. The ranger gave an excellent tour and pointed out many new findings. I found the diversity of peoples as witnessed by the diversity of kivas to be quite interesting. Don't pass up a chance to take this tour!
  • I took this tour back in 2008 and enjoyed it. They told your a story before hand and the walk through was easy and manageable. I also attended the night event that had in December with the trail lite up with lights. I also thought that was worth seeing.
  • This is the shortest of the three tours. Be prepared for metal steps, uneven sandstone steps and four sets of wooden ladders. It's rather mindboggling to see first hand how cliff dwelling was called home. If you keep your eyes open you'll discover there are many such dwellings but many are small and often consist only of a few stones after the other stones were carried out or perhaps recycled. It would be extremely interesting to have a peek in the day in the life these great people
  • Touted as the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, Cliff Palace is a real gem. Well worth the time to visit. You need to get a ticket for a tour to visit Cliff Palace, entry on your own isn't allowed. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person at the Museum. Tours run from 9 AM to 4 PM on the half hour and are limited to 55 people. The trail is steep and has several ladders and steep stairways to access the ruin. Contact Mesa Verde for more accurate info.

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