MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO

Twilight Tour

Cliff Dwelling Tour
1 hr. 30 min.

Notice:

From the park entrance, drive 20 miles (32.2 km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left and drive 0.4 miles (0.6 km) and turn left onto the Cliff Palace Loop. Drive 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to Cliff Palace. Drive time from the park entrance is approximately one hour. Meet the ranger on the overlook above the site at least 15 minutes in advance.

The tour is available from May 24, 2015 to September 6, 2015 on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Tour start times:
Sunday, May 24, 2015 to Thursday July 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Sunday July 26, 2015 to Sunday September 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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Tour Description

Meet a character from Mesa Verde's past! Join a knowledgeable ranger, in costume and portraying a notable figure from Mesa Verde's past, who will guide you through Cliff Palace as the sun begins to set below the mesa top. This is a unique opportunity to learn about North America's largest cliff dwelling through the eyes of the people who found, stabilized, and preserved it in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

This moderate 90-minute tour has an elevation change of 100 feet (30m) descending uneven stone steps and climbing four, 8- to 10-foot (2.4m to 3m) ladders. Participants will be provided an intimate, leisurely encounter with Mesa Verde's largest cliff dwelling.

The tour is available from May 24, 2015 to September 6, 2015 on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Meet the ranger on the overlook above the site at least 15 minutes in advance.


Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Distance: 0.25 miles
  • Number of Steps: 200
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

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.


Directions

From the park entrance, drive 20 miles (32.2km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left and drive 0.4 miles (0.6km) and turn left onto the Cliff Palace Loop. Drive 1.7 miles (2.7km) to Cliff Palace. Meet the ranger on the overlook above the site at least 15 minutes in advance.


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.
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