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Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour

  • Enjoy a convenient way to get around Mesa Verde National Park
  • Interpretive tour is led by a guide certified by the National Association for Interpretation
  • Admission included to the cliff dwelling
Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour
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Experience an overall historical view of the Ancestral Puebloans 600 A.D. through 1200 A.D. Comfortable air conditioned coach and Nat'l Institute of Interpretation certified guides.
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The 700 Years Tour provides you with an overall historical view of the Ancestral Puebloans’ architectural, horticultural, cultural, and religious dimensions of their lives in the Southwest.
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See the UNESCO World Heritage–listed sites of Mesa Verde National Park on a tour of the park's Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. A guide provides insight into the history, architecture, and spiritual features of these ancient homes and how they were lived in hundreds of years ago. Please note, this tour starts inside the park; you must already be in the park after paying your own national park entrance fee.
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.
Reviews (11)
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Reviewed 16 October 2018
700 Years Tour is the Way to Go

I went on this tour with my good friend, who is an archaeologist and she was spouting off much about archaeology in my ear. The 700 Years Bus Tour covered pretty much everything except for Cliff Palace, which closes down just before the end of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank travelbranyik
Reviewed 18 September 2018
All good but the bus!

Our guide was great, the driver was great the NPS guide was good but the school bus was not comfortable and certainly was not an "air conditioned tour bus".

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim R
Reviewed 27 July 2018
A Nice Experience

Before Exploring the park ourselves we decided to take the 700 years tour organized by Mesaverde Colarodo. This is a Half Day Four Hour Tour and starts from the Lodge.It gives an overview of the Publo Culture and civilization and how it evolved over Seven...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank KRAMA200
Reviewed 13 July 2018
700 Year Tour

We opted for the 700-year group tour because the private tours were already booked. We were happy with our tour. Our tour guide, Carolyn, was very knowledgeable and informative. Our bus driver, Ken, was very friendly. We especially liked the Cliff Dwellings tour that was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Donna J
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The drive up involves two lane highway, curvy, uphill, and downhill climbs. You drive to the various dwellings along the cliffs. There are also hiking trails. The Palace was the best in my opinion and most popular according to the ranger. If you plan to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jpatterson915
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