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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO

Square Tower House

Cliff Dwelling Tour
2 hr. 00 min.

Notice:

From the park entrance, drive 20 miles (32 km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left onto the Mesa Top Loop. Drive 1.9 (3 km) miles to Square Tower House overlook. Drive time from the park entrance is approximately one hour. Meet the ranger at the Square Tower House overlook no later then 7:45 am. Hikers depart for Square Tower House promptly at 8:00 am.
This tour is available May 3rd, 2015 to May 24th, 2015 on Sundays and Saturdays and September 10th, 2015 to October 18th, 2015 on Thursdays and Sundays.
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Tour Description

This short but strenuous hike leads to a stunning and surprisingly intimate cliff dwelling. Unusual aspects of this site include an original kiva roof and the Crow's Nest, both features that cannot be seen from the viewpoint on the canyon rim.

This strenuous 2-hour, 1-mile (2.6km) round-trip hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 100 feet (30 m), and includes steep drop-offs, switchbacks, climbing three ladders (the longest is 20 feet [6.1m]), and scrambling up and down boulders. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, bring at least 1/2 gallon (1.8 liters) of water per person, and sun protection. This hike may not be appropriate for young children. Each hiker must be able to scramble over boulders and navigate steep gravel trails unassisted. Please do not bring any type of snack or food or sugary drinks. Archeological sites are vulnerable to damage caused by rodents attracted to crumbs and dropped snacks. Square Tower House hike is available May 3 to May 24, 2015 on Sundays and Saturdays, and from September 10 to October 18, 2015 on Thursdays and Sundays.


Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 1 miles
  • Number of Steps: 0
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Strenuous

Know Before You Go

Consider your physical health before joining a hike. Hiking is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134m and 2286m) above sea level. Weather conditions are quite variable. It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm. Plan for all weather conditions. Bring a minimum of 1/2 gallon (1.8 liters) of water per person.


Directions

From the park entrance, drive 20 miles (32 km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left onto the Mesa Top Loop. Drive 1.9 (3 km) miles to Square Tower House overlook. Meet the ranger at the Square Tower House overlook at 7:45 am. Hikers depart for Square Tower House promptly at 8:00 am.


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