Cliff Palace Loop Trail

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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.

0.4 miles 117 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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.

hiking
29 days ago

Enjoyed this historical hike and sightseeing experience! The tour guide was very informative and the place was beautiful. The climb down was a little challenging and there were too many tourists at the time we were there in the fall season. The Milky Way was quite visible from the top of Mesa Verde . We stayed at the lodge and there were wild Mustangs early morning grazing around the lodge. It was beautiful! Loved the place!

walking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

A guided tour, gives you a good history lesson! A definite sight to see!

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome! Make time for this if you're in the area

9 months ago

1 year ago

Fabulous

walking
1 year ago

This place is amazing.

hiking
1 year ago

If you have come to Mesa Verde , you can't miss the Cliff Palace.

Amazing!

hiking
1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great guided ranger walk. Have done it more than 10 times. Very popular with my Grandchildren who have been there about 3 times.

hiking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
3 years ago

This ruin is huge and an very interesting

hiking
3 years ago

Great guided tour with really cool rock stairs and ladders and then the ruins are awesome! Very worth while!!

rock climbing
3 years ago

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.

rock climbing
3 years ago

Mostly rocky hiking with a few climbs. Worth it everytime