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Hundred-Mile Views of an Inspiring Civilization
One visit and you’ll know why an early civilization made it their home for 700 years. Protecting thousands of archaeological sites, including hundreds of cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park is perched high in Southwest Colorado where the air is thin, the history is rich, and the views are spectacular. You’ll discover how Ancestral Puebloans (previously known as the Anasazi) lived with remarkable respect for the land – and learn theories of why they left this awe-inspiring place.
Bring history to life on this small group, guided interpretive tour and explore the ancient cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, the largest cliff dwellings remaining in North America and one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the United States. Discover the rich history including the architecture and culture of the Ancestral Puebloans Enjoy a fascinating journey through time while you explore this major center for Puebloan culture that thrived more than 800 years ago. Experience the intriguing cliff dwellings and the remnants and clues of a life long ago that have been left behind for you to discover today!
Why take a guided tour?
Mesa Verde Discovery Tours are led by knowledgeable, qualified guides so that you can get the full experience! With their guidance you will learn about the history, culture, and architecture of the sites and dwellings you see around the park. If this is your one shot at Mesa Verde, you will value this comprehensive tour. Tour vehicles are comfortable; air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Save car entrance fees and gas, while you sit back, relax and take in all the wonderful sights and intriguing information!
8:30AM: Guests will meet at Mild to Wild (50 Animas View Drive). Check in, sign release forms, and meet your guide.
8:15AM Sit back and relax on the scenic 36-mile drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
Discover Mesa Verde on your personalized, guided interpretive tour!
Stop for lunch -Enjoy a delicious deli sandwich (choice of Turkey or Veggie), side salad, fresh fruit, chips and beverages.
Explore still more of Mesa Verde and the cliff dwellings.
Return to Durango at about 5:00 PM.
Adult (age 12+ years): $156.60*
Youth (age 1-11 years): $117.72*
*Includes tour and fees, round trip transportation from Durango to Mesa Verde, National Park fees, lunch, snack and water.
Colorado Car Seat Law states children up to 8 years old must be in an appropriate car seat. We do not stock car seats; please bring your own.
Dress in layers. Summer is cool in the morning and hot by the afternoon. In Fall and Spring bring a warm coat, hat and gloves.
In all seasons, bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera, water bottle and money for snacks and souvenirs.
One of the largest cliff dwellings, Cliff Palace can be viewed from the overlook. You can choose to take a tour into the ruin where you will need to descend a flight of stairs and climb three sturdy ladders about 10 feet each. This is suitable for most but not all and you are welcome to stay at the overlook if you choose.