There are plenty of ways to explore the Mesa Verde National Park along with numerous tours to choose from. You might choose one of the popular ranger-guided tours or you might want to explore at your own pace. Check out all the different options.
Mesa Verde Tours
Come take a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples who made this part of the country their home for over 700 years. Explore some of the most notable cliff dwelling ruins in the US on a Mesa Verde tour.
Mesa Verde Tours: FAQ
Are Self-Guided Tours Available?
Self-Guided Tours at Mesa Verde are also available. You can explore at your own speed and only visit the things you really want to see. Chapin Mesa self-guided tours include Spruce Tree House, Mesa Top Loop Road, Far View Sites Complex and Cedar Tree Tower. The Wetherill Mesa tours include Step House and Badger House Trail which are only open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Where Can I Explore Mesa Verde On My Own?
Mesa Top Load Road. A 6-mile driving tour with short, paved trails. Twelve easily-accessible sites, including surface dwellings and cliff dwelling overlooks. Highlights include Sun Point Overlook, Square Tower House, and views of Cliff Palace from Sun Point and Sun Temple stops. Overlooks also found on the 6-mile Cliff Palace Loop Road.
Far View Sites Complex. Far View House plus four other villages and a dry reservoir on a level 3/4-mile unpaved trail. Four miles north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
Cedar Tree Tower. Mesa Top Tower and Kiva. Ancestral Puebloan tower and kiva complex can be viewed from the road. Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
Step House. Pithouse, Petroglyphs and Cliff Dwelling. A 100ft descent and ascent on a winding path. Total walking distance, 3/4-mile round-trip. Allow 45 minutes to one hour. Trail begins near the Wetherill Mesa kiosk.
Badger House Trail. Trail to four mesa top sites. The 2.5 mile trail to Badger House Community surface sites begins at Wetherill Mesa Kiosk. Combination gravel and paved trail. If you prefer, take the tram to or from the Badger House tram stop and shorten the trail to 1.5 miles.
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