• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    0.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    127 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers

The Cliff Palace Loop Trail is a .4 mile guided tour in Mesa Verde National Park. The tour is led by a ranger who takes you through the many cliff dwellings located in Mesa Werde. This tour is great for families and anyone looking for a hands on experience. You will climb lots of ladders, so make sure everyone in your party is of able capability!

Tickets for this tour are $4 per person and are available at the visitor center near the entrance of the park. This tour is best taken from April to November. This hike features The milky way is often visible from the top of Mesa Verde at night. 

This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10ft ladders, on a 100ft vertical climb. Total walking distance is 1/4-mile round-trip.

Photos: Doug Kerr 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Good walking shoes 
  • Snack
  • Tour tickets ($4)
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