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Long House Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Long House Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 285 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

paved

river

views

wildlife

no shade

historic site

no dogs

NOTE: This hike must be guided by a ranger. There are tours through October.

hiking
26 days ago

the information on All Trails is incorrect. This trail is a guided trail only and tours stop mid October. Went to hike this trail yesterday (10/23) and missed the last tour by 3 days. We opted for the loop trail instead which was 100% paved the whole way. There are a few spit off trails to overlooks of a few different cliff dwellings and several old ruins on the top of the cliffs. We were up there at sunrise and didn't see another soul until we left 3 hours later.

hiking
1 month ago

This was informative and well worth the time. I liked one more than Cliff House simply because you had more access to roam around the site a bit (being respectful, of course), so there are better opportunities to get good photos.

hiking
1 month ago

Ranger led $5. Well worth it. Extremely knowledgeable

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Amazing ranger guided tour of the Pueblo indigenous people. Well worth getting tickets two days in advance or lucking our with reservation cancellations the day of or day prior, ask at the Visitor Center.

hiking
3 months ago

Unlike the other two ranger guided tours. This one is a full two hours long, but they spend a lot more time going into the details about the lifestyle of these amazing people.

hiking
3 months ago

The view was amazing and it was very interesting to visit the old housings!

no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Our Ranger guide Jacob was absolutely THE BEST! He was incredibly knowledgeable but also put an excellent perspective on our tour of life during this period. He had a degree in archeology, but also knaped his own arrow heads and spear points and hunted with an atlatal. This place is very special!

hiking
4 months ago

Didn’t need poles although there was a gravel steep stretch. Ladders easy. Big thing was out of breath on stairs. Quite a workout. Fascinating cliff dwellings for 150-175 people 1100-1300.

hiking
4 months ago

This is yet another amazing hike in the Cortez/Mesa Verde area! I want to know though who in the heck rates the difficulty levels on All trails! Yesterday we hiked Hovenweep, rated as easywhich was amazing and it was easy if you don’t count the 300 foot steep decent and immediate equally steep ascent on stairs carved into rock! Long House was much easier, with the small exception of two 15 foot ladders that you could probably skip if you needed to. The stairs were regularly spaced and made from concrete with almost the entire way paved! Views were stunning and the history and ancient significance were incredible. I wish people would keep their kids on a tighter leash sometimes though. There were a couple of teenagers who were messing around nearly the whole way and were standing on the walls clearly marked “do not stand on walls!” They did stop when I asked them to show some respect for the place wet were in but their parents should have done it, not me! Take plenty of water it gets hot down there! Our guide Shoshonna gets props too for being patient with us bringing up the rear. She stuck with us the whole time. Despite what many other reviews have said, the hike is 2.5 miles if you follow the route laid out by the rangers. That said there are a few other loops you can take after the main guided part which will add on several miles. All I can say is if two overweight middle aged people, one of whom has had 14 knee surgeries can make this hike then chances are, so can you!

hiking
5 months ago

This review is purely for going through Long House and does not cover the whole loop trail paved road. The ranger who took us was excellent and IMO this was the best house out of the three in the park. The tour was more immersive than the other two houses and the view from the alcove was amazing. This tour is around 2 miles long and requires more energy than the other two houses.

road biking
Sun Sep 23 2018

The paved Long House Loop trail is a 6 mi trail that bikes and walkers and dogs on leash can use. You will see the ruins like Badger House community along the route. A few porta potties and covered shelters are also available. The mesas in the distance are beautiful. This is definately the road less traveled.

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

Really enjoyed doing this longer tour, and that the dwelling did not have any other tour groups in it than ours. As with all the tours, it helps to know a little bit before you go - so if you can attend a ranger talk or watch the museum video first it does inform that actual cliff dwelling tours. We enjoyed this Long House tour more than the Balcony House tour. We also saw wild/trespassed (as they say) horses on our drive back.

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Our ranger was entertaining and taught us about the history of the dwelling. The structures were beautiful, surprisingly well intact, and we were able to go onto the upper level of the dwelling and walk through it. The tour ends at the house, not the parking lot, so be sure to add in time to get back. This hike is much longer and more strenuous than the other guided tours.

Thu Jun 07 2018

Longer than stated on here. Ranger guided trail. Most exposure to sun on the first and last (loop) part of this trail. Small area of switchbacks that are little narrow in places-if you have kids, keep an eye on them. All in all, this was my favorite ranger led hike (I did them all). Take LOTS of water. Especially if hiking in warm temps. I can’t say that enough.

Mon May 28 2018

The hike does cost 5$ per person because it is ranger guided and the round trip is a couple more miles than it says on here. Ranger Doug lead the tour for our group and did an excellent job, very insightful into the history of the park.

hiking
Wed Apr 25 2018

It seems like it's a lot hotter in this cliff dwelling than the others. Guided tour only and it's the longest tour. One of the people in my group had to drop out after only 10 minutes. Stay hydrated!

hiking
Sun Jul 02 2017

NOTE: ALLTRAILS SAYS THIS IS 0.6 MILES..IT IS NOT! From the parking lot, you'll end up hiking about 2.24 miles. I would not rate this trail easy either...it's at least moderate, with possibility of strenuous based on your health and physical level. This was our favorite of the ranger-guided hikes! You begin with a long trek on the mesa-top to the trailhead and then must descend down a steep, winding canyon trail. Of all the guided hikes, this one gives you the most time exploring the ruins freely. Our ranger was entertaining and very knowledgeable. just remember...you leave the way you came!

Fri Aug 19 2016

If I remember right this is the only sight you can do without a Ranger, (unless they changed that, It's been a "few" years! Can get hot, little shade

Wed May 25 2016

Nice to get to walk in a dwelling without paying for a tour.

hiking
Sun May 25 2003

Enjoyed the tram ride and tour. Climbed 2 15 foot ladders.

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