Cliff Palace Loop Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10ft (2.6-3m) ladders, on a 100ft (30m) vertical climb. Total walking distance is about 1/4-mile (400m), round-trip.
This is a ranger-led tour to to one of the largest cliff dwelling sites in North America. Much restoration work has been done, and the ranger showed us photos of how the site looked when first "discovered" and during various phases of restoration. Easy trail with stairs. $4 per person with tickets available at Visitor Center near entrance to the park.
This is the second ranger led trail that I took while visiting the park. Got to climb several ladders, exploring the living quarters and learning about the people that lived their in the past.
A guided tour, gives you a good history lesson! A definite sight to see!
Awesome! Make time for this if you're in the area
This place is amazing.
If you have come to Mesa Verde , you can't miss the Cliff Palace.
Wow! That's all that needs to be said! If you get the chance to visit SouthWest Colorado, stop at Mesa Verde and visit this amazing historical site! The hike down and out of the Cliff Palace can be a bit difficult for some, but if you take your time you can experience something wonderful. The National Park rangers are an added bonus, if you enjoy learning something about the area and people.
Fascinating and fun hands on tour of reconstructed ruins in Mesa Verde NP. You climb some ladders to access the dwellings and in some cases can walk around in them.
Great guided ranger walk. Have done it more than 10 times. Very popular with my Grandchildren who have been there about 3 times.
Awesome hike, great for families, amazing cliff dwelling. This is a guided hike, so you have to buy tickets at the visitor center. This hike involves uneven stone steps, ladders, and may be difficult for some.
This ruin is huge and an very interesting
Great guided tour with really cool rock stairs and ladders and then the ruins are awesome! Very worth while!!
This is one of the guided tours in Mesa Verde. We did the Cliff Palace and the Balcony House. Balcony House was more adventurous because you get to climb a 32 feet ladder. The cliff dwellings were awesome and we loved doing both of these. You get to climb little rocks in place. It is not a difficult hike. It was fun.
Mostly rocky hiking with a few climbs. Worth it everytime
We arrived just before the Far View visitor center opened (15 miles into the park) to get our tour tickets (we paid $2.75 each, now costs $3) to tour the largest and famous Cliff Palace. Tours last about an hour and there is also the 2nd largest cliff dwelling Long House ruin which is on Wetherill Mesa - roads running through Wetherill Mesa provide excellent opportunities to see the sites but it also allows visitors to view Montezuma Valley, Sleeping Ute Mountain and parts of eastern Utah; all dwellings can be seen from a distance via viewing platforms if you dont want to take the tours. While waiting we tested the model opening that shows how narrow the tunnel is to the Balcony House Ruin and also found out that it is really for those who want to test their climbing prowess. Cliff Palace was the largest ruin with more kivas and easier access - and better for kids. After checking out the visitor center, we drove another six miles to the park headquarters and the museum and then to our 9AM tour of the Cliff Palace Ruins, a four-story apartment complex with stepped-back roofs forming porches for the dwellings above all set back beneath the rim of a cliff and reached by a quarter-mile downhill path. We waited at the top overlooking the ruins and talked a bit to the ranger prior to the tour. We were the first in line (there must have been about 40 people altogether) and led the way down the rock steps and along the paved trail to the ruins. We all stopped on the edge and the ranger talked about how nomadic people had built these structures, how water was collected, and gradually how vegetation died out and how the people had to cover more ground to collect firewood and find food; one of the reasons they eventually abandoned the areas. We learned about kivas and how they were built and climbed up a few short ladders - five total (Balcony House has a 32-foot ladder). Very interesting tour hike!