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Long House, Mesa Verde National Park

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Take a step back in time on a guided tour of Long House, the second-largest cliff dwelling in the western section of the national park. Soak in the ambience as you navigate down a steep but easy trail, listening to your ranger guide explaining the architecture of the place. Apart from regular and ceremonial rooms, the dwelling features a tower, a central square, and an interesting water supply system. If you feel like hiking, note that the Long House Loop leads to various trailheads. Plan my trip to Mesa Verde National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • This set of cliff dwellings gets overshadowed by those on Chapin Mesa due to the long drive and hike. However, do not miss this one as it is so much less crowded and more accessible. What it lacks.....  more
    This set of cliff dwellings gets overshadowed by those on Chapin Mesa due to the long drive and hike. However, do not miss this one as it is so much less crowded and more accessible. What it lacks.....  more »
  • There is a 3/4 mile hike into the start point of this tour that is paved. After that the path is uneven, rocky and steep. We used our hiking poles and when we got to the cliff dwellings left them... 
    There is a 3/4 mile hike into the start point of this tour that is paved. After that the path is uneven, rocky and steep. We used our hiking poles and when we got to the cliff dwellings left them...  more »
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  • The entire park provides one stunning view after another. The roads are in good condition, but twist and turn constantly and get narrow in some locations. If you're taking a scheduled tour to a ruins site, leave plenty of time to get there. In the case of Long House, which I toured, once you arrive at the check-in location, you still have about a 15-minute walk to get to the actual start-point of the tour. Reservations must be made in advance. Cell service is spotty, so it is best to do so prior to entering the park. The rangers and tour guides, from the park entrance to those conducting tours, were helpful, engaging, and pleasant. They made an incredible experience amazing.
  • We visited Mesa Verde at the end of July and were very fortunate to book a ranger guided tour for Long House. Tours sell out quickly and it's best to book in the morning as soon as they become available. Currently (as of July 2022) the tour tickets are posted to recreation.gov at 8am MST 14 days ahead of time. Long house is stunning, and it's a very exciting experience to hike down to the 800 year old cliff dwelling. The tour was thought provoking and well timed. Parking for the tour is at Wetherill Mesa. Do be aware you must hike to the Long House trail head, about a 15 minute walk. Additionally you must arrive 15 minutes early for a safety briefing, so all in all give yourself an extra 30 minutes from your arrival time to the parking lot. We also visited Cliff Palace, which just opened to tours for the summer due to road construction. Cliff Palace is gorgeous and incredibly well preserved, it's a powerful experience to walk through the site and imagine the amazing challenges and joys of living in the Palace. One of the rangers who spoke at the palace was part of the indigenous intern program and we felt fortunate to hear her from unique perspective and cultural connection to the site. If you only have time to tour one site, we would definitely recommend the Long House tour over Cliff Palace, you can get great views of cliff Palace without the tour. Give yourself plenty of time ahead of the tours and pack water.

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