MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO
Oak Tree HouseCliff Dwelling Tour
2 hr. 00 min.
Notice:May 26, 2015 to September 5, 2015.
This 60-room site built on two ledges is one of the largest cliff dwellings in the park. Oak Tree House is a well preserved but fragile site that features plastered walls and varied architectural styles.
This tour is available from May 26th, 2015 to September 5th, 2015 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
This 2-hour, 1-mile (1.6 km) round-trip hike is moderately strenuous. Expect a narrow, unpaved, uneven trail, with steps carved into the sandstone, steep drop-offs, and two ladders (4-foot and 15-foot) (1.2 m to 4.6 m). Total elevation change is 200 feet (61 m). In addition to up close views of this extremely fragile site, you will have stunning views of Cliff Canyon, Cliff Palace, and Sun Temple. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and bring a minimum of 1/2 gallon (2 liters) of water per person. 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. Shade is very limited, so bring a hat and sunscreen. Consider bringing binoculars and bird books, as well. This hike is appropriate for well-prepared hikers. Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty. Oak Tree House hike is available from May 26, 2015 to September 5, 2015 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meet the ranger for your hike no later then 7:45 am at Sun Temple on the Mesa Top Loop. Hikers depart for Oak Tree House promptly at 8:00 am.
- Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
- Distance: 1 miles
- Number of Steps: 20
- Accessible: No
- Effort: Strenuous
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 (2134 m and 2286 m) 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 20 miles (32 km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left onto the Mesa Top Loop Road and drive 5 miles (8 km) to Sun Temple. Drive time from the park entrance is approximately one hour. Meet the ranger for your hike at Sun Temple Overlook no later then 7:45 am. Hikers for Square Tower House depart promptly at 8:00 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.