United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Yosemite Hike
  2. 2 http://utrimcleanseblog.com/bisou-eye-serum/
  3. 3 http://getbodybuildingbuilder.com/megadrox-and-testadrox/
  4. 4 Driving northern AL to central FL
  5. 5 DC area hotel for end of June...
  6. 6 Western US Road Trip- PeakBagging
  7. 7 Thanksgiving Road trip California
  8. 8 Travelling from New York to JFK
  9. 9 Taking Onery Teens to LA for 4 days....
  10. 10 Yosemite and surrounding for WINTER 2017: DO NEED HELP!
  11. 11 The District by Hilton Club
  12. 12 Montana or Wyoming special vacation
  13. 13 Late winter road trip Deep South
  14. 14 Acadia National Park
  15. 15 Martha's Vineyard. Nantucket/ Maine/ Cape cod
  16. 16 Anniversary destination
  17. 17 Any Cheaper way to fly into Jackson Hole?
  18. 18 Great eats Portland, Seattle, Vancouver
  19. 19 Who offers multi-island guided birding trips in Hawaii?
  20. 20 Florida Coffee Roasters
  21. 21 Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
  22. 22 4th of July in Chicago
  23. 23 Visiting New York State
  24. 24 Driving from Denver to San Francisco in July
  25. 25 Another Outstanding Los Angeles Restaurant: Officine BRERA
View next 25 » Back to the top

MESA VERDE- A Secret too good to keep!!

Jump to last reply

We just got back from spending the day at Mesa Verde in SW Colorado. We live near by and have been there a number of times. This is their 100th anniversary of being a National Park and there are lots of special events going on all year.

We have viewed the major cliff dwellings { Spruce Tree house, Balcony House and Cliff Palace before, so today we decided to go to Wetherill Mesa.

It is about a 45 minute drive from the visitors center, as a result, many people don't bother going there. We were told that only 1 in 10 visitors go out there. We bought tickets {$3 each} for a ranger guided tour to see Long House [it is the only way you can see it]. We got tickets for the 12:30 tour. We first went to watch Hopi Corn Dance at Far View Terrace and check out the Indian Craft Market. We then drove out to Wetherill Mesa where we parked our car. We got there 1 hour early and walked down to Step House. It was really special as it has 2 different types of dwellings in one cliff side site. That took about 45 minutes. We then had a snack and waiter for the tram to take us to Long House.

There were only about 25 people in our group and had a very knowledgable park ranger. You are actually allowed to walk in among the various rooms and to go "behind the scenes" to see things as the Ancestral Puebloans saw them. It was amazing. And there were no other groups there at the same time. Apparently the 12:30 tour is the last one until 2 pm, so we had the place to ourselves. No crowds, despite it being July 4th weekend! We got to climb ladders, see where they got their water, and view all of the rooms and kivas that they used.

All four of us, who live in the area and had seen the other "major" sites agreed that this was the most impressive and since we got to go in...the best of all sites. And no crowds was an extra bonus.

So, if you are headed to Mesa Verde, check this out. And for the record, the tours all had tickets available for almost all of the time slots. I know a number of people on here were asking about buying tickets in advance...you can get them up to 2 days ahead, but we had no trouble. We got there around 9 am.

Hope this helps...
Debi

18 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement