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.

walking
3 days 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
5 days 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
20 days 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
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
8 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!

8 months ago

walking
9 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
9 months ago

11 months ago

walking
11 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fabulous

walking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

This place is amazing.

hiking
Friday, July 10, 2015

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Amazing!

hiking
Friday, May 15, 2015

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.