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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO

part ofMesa Verde National Park, National Park Service
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Mug House
Cliff Dwelling Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Strenuous
Photo: Mug House Hike
Named for three mugs tied together with yucca rope found hanging inside one of its rooms, Mug House was first visited by the Wetherill brothers of Mancos, CO in 1889. The site was not completely excavated and stabilized until 1960-61 as part of the Wetherill Mesa Project, a joint project of the National Park Service and National Geographic Society.

Mug House was built over several decades in the A.D. 1100s and 1200s and likely supported a population of 80 to 100 people. Along the route to this amazing site, you will visit other Ancestral Puebloan sites including Adobe Cave, which features partially excavated rooms. This ranger-guided hike offers wonderful views of Rock Canyon.

This strenuous 2-hour, 3-mile (4.8km) round-trip hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 100 feet (30m), and includes steep drop-offs, switchbacks, and scrambling up and down boulders. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, bring at least 1/2 gallon (2 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 food or snacks! Archeological sites are vulnerable to damage caused by rodents attracted to crumbs and dropped snacks.

Mug House is available from May 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Hikers depart from the upper parking lot near the Wetherill Mesa restrooms at 9:45 am.

Prices: Adult/Child: $25.00

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Upper Navajo Canyon Hike
Cliff Dwelling Tour 4 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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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.

Upper Navajo Canyon Hike is available from September 3, 2014 to October 5, 2014 on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8:30 am. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Parking lot 15 minutes in advance.

Prices: Adult/Child: $18.00

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Twilight Tour
Cliff Dwelling Tour 1 hr. 30 min.
Moderate
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Meet a character from Mesa Verde's past! Join a knowledgeable ranger, portraying a notable figure from Mesa Verde's past, who will guide you through Cliff Place 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 25, 2014 to September 4, 2014 on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Prices: Adult/Child: $12.00

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Photography Tour
Cliff Dwelling Tour 1 hr. 30 min.
Moderate
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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.)

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 23, 2014 to September 6, 2014 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Prices: Adult/Child: $20.00

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Yucca House
Historic Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Yucca House National Monument is located 8 miles south of Cortez, Colorado. The large, unexcavated pueblo was probably built around AD1200. The massive building and central location in the Montezuma Valley suggest that it was an important village. Yucca House has limited on-site parking, so tour participants will meet at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez and carpool to the site. A brief orientation will precede the tour.

This easy to moderate 1-hour, 1/2-mile (0.8 km) walk is along a mostly level, unpaved path. The trail is rocky in places; wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. There is no shade on the trail; wear a hat and sun protection, and bring at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water person. Meet the ranger at 4:30pm at the Colorado Welcome Center at 928 E. Main, Cortez, Colorado (on the corner of Mildred and Main.)

The Yucca House tour is available on Wednesdays and Fridays, May 14 & 16 and September 10 & 19.

Prices: Adult/Child: $5.00

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Wetherill Mesa Experience
Natural and Cultural Hike 4 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Expansive canyon views, spectacular glimpses of cliff dwellings and Wetherill Mesa in the autumn reward hikers on this hike. We will introduce you to the story of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the environment in which they lived, and the ecology of the pinyon-juniper woodlands.

This moderate 4-hour, 4-mile (6.4km) round-trip hike follows an old fire road and an unpaved trail that crosses Wetherill Mesa. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots; bring your own lunch, 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. Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty.

Wetherill Mesa Experience is available from September 2, 2014 to October 3, 2014 on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 am. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Restaurant parking lot 15 minutes in advance.

Prices: Adult/Child: $18.00

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