The tour takes us to Cliff Palace, the most beautiful rock dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.
The destination of our short tour is Cliff Palace, which we will reach by a ladder. The impressive rock shelter was built between the 12th and 13th century by the Anasazi Indians. About 150 rooms, 20 kivas and several towers were built out of sandstone blocks under a huge rock overhang. The estimated number of former residents of the dwellings is at least 100. A ranger guides us through this fascinating structure and gives us an interesting insight into the culture of the Anasazi.
The Cliff Palace can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Tickets for the guided tour are available at the Visitor Center at the entrance to the National Park.
Updated: November 05, 2019
Safety informationThe cliff dwellings tour can be exhausting. The trails are steep in places and uneven. Partly the trail leady over steps and ladders. Take children by the hand near the archaeological sites and the canyons.
Tips, hints and linksCliff Palace can only be visited on a guided tour. Tickets must be purchased exclusively at the Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center.
Getting thereOn U.S. Highway 160 till the junction of Mesa Verde National Park. Shortly after the park entrance, turn left to Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center. Tickets for the Cliff Palace can be purchased here. Then turn around, take a left on Colorado State Highway 10 and Mesa Top Ruins Road to get to Cliff Palace car park of the at the side of the road.
ParkingCliff Palace Car Park
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EquipmentHiking boots, sunscreen and enough liquids.
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.