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Mesa Verde National Park Sights

Cliff Palace

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/02/2013

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This was the first major Mesa Verde dwelling seen by cowboys Charlie Mason and Richard Wetherill in 1888. It is also the largest, containing about 150 rooms and 23 kivas on three levels. Getting there involves a steep downhill hike and three ladders. Purchase tickets at the Visitor and Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, and at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, rangers in historical costumes lead a 90-minute Twilight Tour of the site. These tours run daily just before twilight; tickets are available only at the Visitor and Research Center.

Sight Information


Cliff Palace Overlook, about 2½ miles south of Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, 81330, United States

Sight Details:

  • Basic tour $3; Twilight tour $10
  • Late May–early Sept., daily 9–6; early Sept.–mid-Oct., daily 9–5; late Oct.–early Nov., daily 9–4

Updated 10/02/2013


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