The Long House Trail is a 0.6 mile out and back hike in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail features wildflowers and a river. This hike is a great option for families or individuals wishing for a unique immersion in a dwelling without having to pay extra fees.

This is the only dwelling in Mesa Verde that you can access without a guided tour or a ranger. 

Photos: Rene Rivers and Ken Lund

Pack List

  • Water 
  • Map 
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sun protection 
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RT Distance 0.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 196 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildflowers

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