MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO
Photography TourCliff 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.
This tour is available from May 22, 2015 to September 5, 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tour start times:
Friday May 22, 2015 to Saturday July 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Friday July 31, 2015 to Saturday September 5th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Photographers, take this opportunity to spend 90 minutes in Cliff Palace with a park ranger in a small group setting. Dramatic sunset lighting will appeal to the both amateur and professional photographers as well as those seeking a deeper connection with this extraordinary archeological treasure. Tripods and all kinds of cameras are welcome, BUT YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CARRY ALL OF YOUR GEAR WHILE KEEPING YOUR HANDS FREE TO CLIMB THE LADDERS.
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 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.