Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace

The only way to see the superb Cliff Palace is to take the hour-long ranger-led tour. The tour retraces the steps taken by the Ancestral Puebloans – visitors must climb down a stone stairway and four 10ft ladders. T…
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Balcony House

Tickets are required for the one-hour guided tours of Balcony House, on the east side of the Cliff Palace Loop. A visit is an adventure that will challenge anyone’s fear of heights or small places. You’ll be rewarde…
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Long House

On Wetherill Mesa, the magnificent Long House is the second-largest cliff dwelling in the park. A strenuous place to visit, it is only reached as part of a ranger-led guided tour (organized from the visitor center).…
Viewpoint in Mesa Verde National Park

Park Point

The fire lookout at Park Point is the highest elevation (8571ft) in the park and offers panoramic views. To the north are the 14,000ft peaks of the San Juan Mountains; in the northeast are the 12,000ft crests of the…
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Spruce Tree House

This Ancestral Puebloan ruin is the most accessible of the archaeological sites, although the half-mile round-trip access track is still a moderately steep climb. Spruce Tree House was once home to 60 or 80 people a…
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Wetherill Mesa

This is the second-largest concentration of sites. Visitors may enter stabilized surface sites and two cliff dwellings, including the Long House, open from late May through August.
Museum in Mesa Verde National Park

Chapin Mesa Museum

The Chapin Mesa Museum has exhibits pertaining to the park and is a good first stop. Staff at the museum provide information on weekends when the park headquarters is closed.
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Chapin Mesa

The largest concentration of Ancestral Puebloan sites is at Chapin Mesa, where you'll see the densely clustered Far View Site and the large Spruce Tree House, the most accessible of sites, with a paved half-mile rou…
Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Step House

Step House was initially occupied by Modified Basketmaker peoples residing in pithouses, and later became the site of a Classic Pueblo–period masonry complex with rooms and kivas. The 0.75-mile trail to Step House i…