(This tour will not be offered in 2021).
Enjoy an intimate, leisurely encounter with Mesa Verde’s largest cliff dwelling. Dramatic sunset lighting will appeal to both amateur and professional photographers as well as those seeking a deeper connection with this extraordinary archeological treasure.
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On this 90-minute tour, you will descend uneven stone steps and climb four ladders, with an elevation change of 100 feet (30m). Total walking distance is 1/4 mile (0.4 km).
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.
There are no height or age restrictions for this tour, but children must be able to walk the extent of the trail and climb ladders on their own without difficulty. If not, they must be placed in a carrier.
Cameras are welcome, but you must be able to carry all of your gear while keeping your hands free to climb the ladders. No tripods are allowed.
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. Meet the ranger on the overlook above Cliff Palace at least 15 minutes in advance.
●May 23 to July 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm
●July 19 to September 6, 2020 at 6:45 pm
Price: $25.00 per person, ages 3 and up.
Tour is limited to 25 people