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Wonderful drive loop, lots to see

Because we were at the end of the season, we were unable to go into any of the cliff dwellings... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2018
depontius
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Colchester, Vermont
Enjoy the drive

Took this drive with the wife when we were ion the park. A very, very impressive drive. You will... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
bcreff
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Northridge, CA
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Scenic drives that offer visitors dramatic views of Anasazi cliff dwellings.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Because we were at the end of the season, we were unable to go into any of the cliff dwellings. However we were still able to drive the Ruins Road, and had a good half-day doing that.

Thank depontius
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Took this drive with the wife when we were ion the park. A very, very impressive drive. You will do this when you are in the park.

Thank bcreff
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Following this road is an excellent way to see what the park offers. There are so many archaeological sites and this will help you see most of the ones that are in good shape and do not require a tour guide. Very educational.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is easily the best drive in the park for mesa top sites and overlooks all in one concentrated area on the six mile loop. As you drive along you move from pithouse and pueblo sites on the mesa top to overlooks of cliff dwellings....More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Mesa Top Loop is worth taking the time to do. The views from the overlooks give you a different perspective of the dwellings and enables you to see some you would not otherwise see. Allow yourself the time to look particularly when at Oak...More

Thank Rudolph J M
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

It was so interesting to drive this road and stop at the various dwellings along the way. We especially liked that the road was basically a chronological trip through the lives of the Native Americans that live here starting with the mist primitive pit houses...More

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Especially, when you have limited time, and want to see unlimited archeological sites, this drive is the best solution. About 10 km drive on the paved road, with several well-signed stops, including surface dwellings, cliff dwellings overlook, the Sun temple, the Sun Point Overlook and...More

Thank stinkwink
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Cliff palace and balcony house are on this road, but they have their own place for reviews so I won't mention them here. What's left is a string of overlooks and archaeological sites, many with short trails of their own leading you through sites that...More

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We had visited the museum and took the Mesa Top Road on our way back to the lodge. The sun was setting on the side of the canyon and enhanced our views of the puebla on the other side. Expect to be out of the...More

Thank edward d
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The Ruins road is a one way road, so once your on it you've got to do the whole loop. It is very scenic and has some interesting stopping points.

Thank TravelReviewer1983
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pumpkin2009
8 July 2016|
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Response from leo88copper | Reviewed this property |
When you visit the Visit Center of Mesa Verde National Park, you will get a map. The ruin road referred here is called Mesa Top Loop on the map.
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