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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.

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.

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4 days 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.

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15 days ago

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17 days ago

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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