MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO
Upper Navajo Canyon HikeCliff Dwelling Tour
4 hr. 00 min.
This moderate 4-hour, about 4-mile (6.4 km) round-trip hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 400 feet (232m). Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, bring snacks, and a minimum of 1/2-gallon (2 liters) of water per person. 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 of any age. Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty.
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 miles (24km) to the Far View Terrace Restaurant parking lot. Drive time from the park entrance is 45 minutes. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Parking lot. Hikers will depart for Navajo Canyon at 8:30 am. Meet the ranger in the parking lot no later then 8:15 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.