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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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  • This is why you come to Mesa Verde. Yes there are many ruins in park and tours of several; however, this is the largest and most in tact site. Thank goodness they offer several tours so while... 
    This is why you come to Mesa Verde. Yes there are many ruins in park and tours of several; however, this is the largest and most in tact site. Thank goodness they offer several tours so while...  more »
  • This is an incredible place which preserves ruins dating as late as 1200 AD. We took the tour, which required descending some steep and narrow steps to the level of the ruins and after the tour... 
    This is an incredible place which preserves ruins dating as late as 1200 AD. We took the tour, which required descending some steep and narrow steps to the level of the ruins and after the tour...  more »
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  • Phenomenal indigenous cave dwelling inside Mesa Verde National Park. Must be on a ranger lead tour to visit up close. Can view from a distance on Mesa Loop drive. Only about quarter mile. But very steep hike with several ladders. Site itself is an amazing feat of architecture. Ranger presentation was great. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful!! Incredible place to visit. The tour was a little flat compared to others we took at Mesa Verde but the site made up for it. Incredible visit. You have to be amazed at what people could accomplish a thousand plus years ago without any modern tools and getting the building materials up the side of a cliff. Amazing.

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