Ranger Guided Tours

Some of the best cliff dwelling tours at Mesa Verde National Park are the Ranger Guided Tours. You will actually get to go inside the dwellings for an up-close look at the structures as well as participate in lectures from the Park Rangers about how the Ancestral Puebloan used the structures. There are tours scheduled everyday and most of them require tickets purchased from either the Visitor Center the day of, or for the special tours, reserved prior on recreation.gov. The majority of the park is self-guided. Finally, another option is to take a full day Mesa Verde National Park Tour which provide you with a park expert all day to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Chapin Mesa

Cliff Palace

Available daily throughout the summer at various times

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in the park. There are an estimated 150 rooms and two dozen kivas. It is believed to have served as communal and administrative area that likely was used for large ceremonies. This tour is an hour long and the most popular ranger guided tour.


CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Balcony House

Available daily throughout the summer at various times

The Balcony House is the most adventurous tour in the park. It requires a climb up a 32 foot ladder and climbing through a small tunnel! After climbing the ladder you will be guided through the nearly 40 rooms of the Balcony House while the Ranger gives interpretive lectures about how this cliff dwelling was utilized. This tour is an hour long and the most adventurous ranger guided tour.


CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Cliff Palace Twilight Tours

Available daily throughout the summer at various times in the evening

The twilight tour is more intimate, small group look at Cliff Palace and a photographer’s delight! Tours are limited to 15 people.

Wetherill Mesa

Long House

Available daily at various times

The largest cliff dwelling in the park, Cliff Palace is estimated to have had up to 150 rooms and two dozen kivas. It is believed to have served as communal and administrative area that likely was used for large ceremonies. This tour is an hour long and the most popular ranger guided tour.


CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Moorefield Campground

Evening Program

Available daily at various times in the late evening throughout the summer

Join a Park Ranger and fellow campers for this free one hour presentation about Mesa Verde National Park!

Mesa Verde National Park Tour

These tours encompass one or more Ranger Guided Tours depending on your group’s adventure and activity level. They also include a park expert to point out and provide interpretive information throughout the entire, including the self-guided areas and overlooks. Learn more…

Mesa Verde Information

  • Special Tours for Photographers
    Special Tours for Photographers
    Mesa Verde Park Staff is offering two special tours for Summer 2017! There will be four special sunrise tours of Balcony House and Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace everyday May 26 – Sept 9. These tours will offer a unique oppoerunity to capture these spectacular cliff...
  • Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    The Petroglyph Point Trail is a lovely excursion for the active bunch to do while visiting Mesa Verde. The 2.4 mile trail is a good activity to do during the heat of the day. The majority of the trail and most strenuous part is shaded, ending...
  • Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    This self-guided tour of Step House on Wetherill Mesa is quick and accessible from the trail, 3/4 mile in length that loops the dwelling. We recommend doing this either at the beginning or end of the day due to the high sun exposure of the trail...

Park Alerts

  • Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House, an iconic self-guided cliff dwelling in the heart of Chapin Mesa, is unfortunately CLOSED for the unforeseeable future due to concerns about rock fall. It can still be viewed from the Museum overlook....
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