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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Scenic drives that offer visitors dramatic views of Anasazi cliff...

Scenic drives that offer visitors dramatic views of Anasazi cliff dwellings.

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great walk

This is a beautiful walk -- a little steep so be careful. We learned so much about the inhabitants of this place. Well kept up.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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El Paso, Texas
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful walk -- a little steep so be careful. We learned so much about the inhabitants of this place. Well kept up.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Ruins Road drive is found in the Chapin Mesa section of Mesa Verde National Park. It starts at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and includes two 6 mile loops that contain the major attractions in that side of the park. It is over 20 miles from the entrance to the park and can take an hour to reach. The west... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a great place to commune with the past. Surprising people lived in the cliffs for 50 to 75 years although, they lived on the mesa for hundreds. The National Park service does a nice job of providing info and help. You will be impressed with the past.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a big loop you drive around and pull off as you like to view about 6 archaeological sites that have descriptive signs. These site are a very short walk from the road. The viewpoint is the highlight. From here you can see several cliff dwellings from one spot.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The road along the mesa top led to several displays, usually found by taking short hikes, of dwellings lived in before the cliff dwellings were built. These buildings showed rooms that people lived in, kivas where they presumably gathered to meet or celebrate their religious views, and storage rooms, among other areas. The major things missing after these many years... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

From this six mile loop, one is able to get long-distance views of several cliff dwellings. If you have limited time, this is a good introduction to the culture. Ending at a wonderfully decorated museum at Spruce Tree House, the views and short walks to them give a good taste of the delights of Mesa Verde.

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

As we traveled this road, we had great views of the many cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people called the Anasazi. There were many places to pull off where there were lookouts where we could view the ruins and take photos. It is well worth the time to leisurely drive the Ruins Road and see the cliff dwellings of... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Access to many of the features of Mesa Verde. Excellent view of several of the cliff dwellings. The vector for biking, hiking and site-seeing. The reasons for visiting are along this road.

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Easy access to numerous ruins showing way of life at the time. 45 minutes well spent. This will result in a good understanding of the way of life centuries ago.

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Arizona City, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a must see. If you have a bucket list this should be on it. It is truly amazing how the Anasazi constructed these living communities. The road is well maintained with several lookouts. It's worth your time and entrance fee.

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