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nature trips


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This area has over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo, who lived here for 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and the Balcony House, with passages and tunnels.

Beautiful views, but the road was very icy when we went on January 7th. They had sent snow plows through, but the shaded areas were covered with sheets of ice. Our two wheel drive car made it through, but it was nerve racking driving on the cliff edges with ice.

Awesome views and great history

Short steep walk and let’s you see a 360 of the surrounding lands from high up.

Easy walk. Was cool to get right up and close with some of the dwellings.

Cool short hike with good views of fire destruction. #OBD

Took about an hour and 10 minutes. Was nice to see a different aspect of the park on this trail.

Super easy nice views of the dwellings. 20-30 min hike.

scenic driving
3 months ago

A short loop at the end of the Chapin Mesa road with great views of Navajo Canyon and Cliff Canyon. Cliff Palace is visible in the distance from Sun Point View, as well nearby the Sun Temple ruins. There are several other places you can stop to see pit house and village ruins.

This very scenic drive begins at the park entrance and beautiful visitor/research center, continuing up and along the North Rim for fifteen miles before reaching the Far View area. There are several wonderful overlooks, including Park Point. At an elevation of 8,572 feet, it is the highest point in Mesa Verde...with fantastic views both to the north (below the North Rim) and the south (Shiprock and the Four Corners area). From Far View, you can continue down either Chapin Mesa or Wetherill Mesa (May-September) to the park's famous ancient ruins.

Costs extra money for tour hike. Guide was corny and It was shorter than I anticipated. Still a sweet time

Watched a coyote stalk prey. Quite, old school

3 months ago

Utter epicness

Drive it all

4 months ago

A moderate trail with guide booklets available at the beginning, pointing out well marked points of interest. The trail is quite rocky with several areas of narrow steep stairs. Hiking poles may be recommended for some. It is a loop trail, which is not clear in the booklet. Keep going after the petroglyphs, the trail will return you to the museum along the canyon floor. As with all sites in Mesa Verde, the climate can be hot and very dry. Take plenty of water.

4 months ago


I loved the sense of adventure for this hike, but only wish it were longer! Lots of stairs, three ladders, and tiny tunnel but it all added to an amazing feel. Getting to see the structure up close and personal was something else entirely. Our ranger was amazing and really funny, so it added to the experience. We spent more time waiting for the other tour before us to clear out, but it gave us time to explore. Really worth the cost and time-- truly an amazing experience.

4 months ago

Dope views, hardest part is the switchbacks

4 months ago

On this day I hiked the north loop only. See my review of the south loop here. Not much to add, really. Finished with 5.7 miles and 900' of elevation gain. The views from the north loop are perhaps a little better than from the south loop. Trail is well marked (mostly with cairns) and maintained. I saw deer tracks but the only wildlife I saw were lizards. The only people I saw were a couple whose path I crossed on the ascent to the ridge. Not a popular trail in MV, but a good one if you like solitude.

5 months ago

Fantastic hike, with rewarding panel of petroglyphs at the (approximate) half-way point. It is a challenging trail with a few ascents/descents and switchbacks en route to the petroglyphs. Amazing geology and scenery throughout and a relatively easy walk back to the trailhead via the mesa-top.

We booked a Twilight Tour in advance ($20 each). It started at 6:45 after all other day tours had finished so we had the Cliff Palace all to ourselves for 1 and 1/2 hours. It was spectacular and the colors as the sun set were jaw dropping !! A not to be missed experience !! Steep and narrow steps to get in and a couple of ladders to climb to get out. Otherwise you are up close and personal with the ruins.

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