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Mesa Verde Ranger Tours

Tickets for Ranger-Guided Tours of Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House

Tickets are $5.00 per person. Tickets must be purchase in person. Tour tickets sell out quickly, but can be purchase up to two days in advance at the Durango Welcome Center at 802 Main Avenue.

Details about each tour is listed below. Please see a Ranger at the Durango Welcome Center for more information.

Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde Adventurous Cliff Dwelling Tour

Tour is one hour and 1/4 mile in length (0.4 km).

You will descend uneven stone steps and climb four ladders

with an elevation change of 100 feet (30 m).

Drive time from Durango Welcome Center is approximately 2 hours. 

From park entrance drive 20 miles (32.2 km) to stop sign.  Turn left.

Drive 0.4 miles (0.6 km). Turn left. Drive 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to Cliff Palace.

Meet ranger at the overlook above the site.

Schedule and tour times. (ticket required)

April 14 to May 24     10am to 4pm; Every hour
May 25 to September 7 9am to 6pm; Every 1/2 hour
September 8 to October 19  9am to 5pm; every hour

Closed January 2 to April 13 and October 20 to December 31

Balcony House

Most Adventurous Cliff Dwelling Tour

Tour is one hour and 1/4 mile in length (0.4 km).

You must be able to climb a 32-foot (9.8 m) ladder.

Crawl through an 18-inch wide (45 cm) and 12-foot (3.7 m) long tunnel.

Climb up a 60-foot (20 m) open cliff face with stone steps and two 10-ft (3 m) ladders to exit.

Drive time from Durango Welcome Center is approximately 2 hours. 

From park entrance drive 20 miles (32.2 km) to stop sign.  Turn left.

Drive 0.4 miles (0.6 km). Turn left. Drive 3.4 miles (5.5 km) to Balcony House.

Meet ranger at benches under shade structure.

Schedule and tour times (ticket required)

May 19 to May 24 10am to 5pm; every hour
May 25 to August 17 9am to 5pm; every 1/2 hour
August 18 to September 21 9am to 5pm; every hour

Closed January 2- May 18 and September 22 to December 31

 

Long House

Most In-Depth Tour

Tour is a two hours and involves hiking about and 2.25 miles (3.6 km) round-trip.

You must be able to climb two 15-foot (4.5 m) ladders within the site.

Elevation gain is about 130 feet (40 m).

Tour ends at the trail head giving you the option of exploring more of Wetherill Mesa on your own.

Drive time from Durango Welcome Center is approximately 2 hours. 

From park entrance drive 15 miles (24.3 km) to the turn-off for Wetherill Mesa and Long House (on your right, between the Far View Lodge and the Far View Terrace).  Turn right.

Drive 12 miles (19.3 km) to reach the Wetherill Mesa parking lot.

Meet ranger at the Wetherill Mesa Kiosk.

Schedule and tour times. (ticket required)

May 19 to May 24 9:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm
May 25 to September 14 9am,10am,11am, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
September 15 to October 19 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm

Closed January 2 to May 18 and October 20 to December 31

For more information about Mesa Verde visit https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

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