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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO
Mug HouseCliff Dwelling Tour
2 hr. 00 min.
Named for three mugs tied together with yucca rope found hanging inside one of its rooms, Mug House was first visited by the Wetherill brothers of Mancos, CO in 1889. The site was not completely excavated and stabilized until 1960-61 as part of the Wetherill Mesa Project, a joint project of the National Park Service and National Geographic Society.
Know Before You Go
Consider your physical health before joining a hike, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134m and 2286m) above sea level. You should plan for all weather possibilities because weather conditions are quite variable. It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm or snowstorm.
From the park entrance, drive 15.1 miles (24.3 km), about 40 minutes, to the turn-off for Wetherill Mesa - Long House. (The turn off is on your right, between the Far View Lodge and the Far View Terrace). Turn right. The Wetherill Mesa Road gate opens at 9:00 am.
Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.