Guided Tours

Mesa Verde has many guided tours throughout the day. The schedules change throughout the year so be sure to look at the Program Schedule while planning your trip. The vast majority of the park is a self-guided experience but to actually get close to the cliff dwellings and walk around inside them you must be on a ranger guided tour. Because of the expanse of the park and diversity in attraction sites we offer a professionally guided full day experience that includes one or more Ranger Guided Tours and much more.

Mesa Verde Tours : Private National Park Tour : Self Guided Tours : Itineraries

Mesa Verde National Park Tour

This is the best way to see Mesa Verde National Park. Enjoy the convenience of transportation from Durango and a full day of tours, sightseeing, and interpretative discussion from a park expert. This tour is catered to each group and ensures you get the most out of your time at the park. Lunch is provided and cold water is served all day. Let our professional guides show you Mesa Verde the way it is meant to be seen! Learn more…

Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House is very convenient with free Ranger Guided tours three times daily. Self-guided tours are allowed all day. 2017 UPDATE: Spruce Tree House is closed for the foreseeable future due to wall instability and rockfall. It can be viewed from the overlook near the Museum.

Cliff Palace

The Cliff Palace Tour is only available as a paid, Ranger Guided tour. Tickets must be purchased prior to the tour. It takes a little over an hour and is available throughout the day.

CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Balcony House

The Balcony House Tour is only available as a paid, Ranger Guided tour. Tickets must be purchased prior to the tour. It takes a little over an hour and is available throughout the day.

CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Long House

The Long House Tour is located on Wetherill Mesa and only available as a paid, Ranger Guided tour. Tickets must be purchased prior to the tour. It takes a little over an hour and is available throughout the day.

CREDIT: NPS/Kayla Eiler

Special Guided Tours

Throughout the summer Mesa Verde National Park has numerous special guided tours.

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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