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Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour

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    What to Expect
    The tour starts at either 8am or 1:30pm from Far View Lodge, Mile Marker 15, 45 minutes inside Mesa Verde National Park where you will board a comfortable and air conditioned coach. Experience a chronological journey starting with a pithouse village (A.D. 600), the development of pueblos and underground ceremonial rooms called kivas (A.D. 900-1100), to the Classic Pueblo era of cliff dwellings dated from the 13th century. Take amazing photos of Fewkes Canyon Overlooks at Oak Tree House and Fire Temple with a walk around stop at Sun Temple before your visit to either Cliff Palace or Balcony House cliff dwelling. Price includes admission to either one hour ranger guided tour of Cliff Palace or Balcony House depending on the time of year. Learn about the 700 years of Ancestral Puebloan history from our experienced NAI certified Interpretive Guides all while we do the driving and parking.

    Cliff Dwellings are at 7,000 ft. elevation. Cliff Palace (open 5/26-9/24) requires a 1/4 mile hike and climbing four 12 foot ladders. Between 4/15-5/25 and 9/25-10/26 visit Balcony House which requires guests to climb a 32 foot ladder, crawl through an 18 inch x 12 foot tunnel and scale a 60 foot rock face. Guests that are unable or unwilling to climb the ladders will visit the Chapin Mesa Museum and Spruce Tree House Overlook during the dwelling tours.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Durango, Durango, Colorado
    • Transportation by air conditioned coach
    • Driver
    • National Association for Interpretation certified Interpretive Guide
    • Bottled water
    • Local taxes
    • National Park Entry Fee
    • Guide Gratuity (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • ADA passengers are accommodated by a visit to Spruce Tree House and Chapin Mesa Museum
    • Electric scooters will not fit inside the coach, push behind wheelchairs are accommodated.
    • Cliff Palace closed 4/15-5/25 and 9/25-10/26. Balcony House is the substitution
    • Cliff Palace requires 1/4 mile hike and climbing four 12 foot ladders
    • Balcony House requires climbing a 32 foot ladder, crawling through an 18 inch x 12 foot tunnel, and scaling a 60 foot rock face to exit the site.
    • Dwellings are at 7,000 feet
    • Dress code:casual with comfortable walking shoes
    • Maximum Group Size: 10
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Excellent tour guide and driver. Entertaining and personable. Informative tour with lots of information I would not have gleaned on my own. It was a treat for my wife and me to have someone else do the driving while we both peered out the window as we traveled along the
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    We signed up for this tour ss we wanted to have a goid understanding of the Pueblo history. Bus was on time. Our guide was excellent as was the NP Ranger Kevin who took us to Cliff Palace dwelling..requires some agility. Very pleased with the whole experience.
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    We chose the 1:30pm departure hoping that the sun would warm up the fall air and we were not disappointed. At 8am the temp was in the low 40's but by 1:30pm it was sunny and the high 60s. Most likely in the summer you would want the earlier trip opposed to the heat of the
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    Went last Saturday for the Ranger Tour. We went on the 4 hour tour by bus our guide was Pam she was great! She and the driver took us to many sites and gave us the history of the Pueblo’s.It was very interesting but a warm day. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and drink plenty
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    Our room at Far View Lodge had a priceless view, and the Metate Room offered great food. Our tour guide Mark on our comfortable bus was highly educated about the ancestral Pueblo people, the land, and historic context. To learn about the area, you won’t want to miss Mesa Verde!
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