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, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
7 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
18 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.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Ladders and chunky steps to climb

hiking
1 month ago

Very very cool. Must see if you are close.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Get there early and book tickets. We took the first tour of the morning, and it was well worth it. Several ladders to climb.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a ranger guided tour. Cost $5 adult fee. Loved this tour. There are several ladders and steep steps, but most can easily handle this tour. The structures and history are amazing. Well worth the time and effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Informative, ranger-guided tour. To get into and out of the site, you will navigate steep stairs and ladders (be mindful of this if you have young children...and the fact that there are steep drop-offs). The site itself is a breathtaking step back in time!

walking
3 months ago

Great tour guides (only $5!), very worth it!

4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
10 months 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!

10 months ago

walking
11 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.

walking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016