Mesa Verde Trip

Old Jun 26th, 2022, 09:39 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2022
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Mesa Verde Trip

I have a two day trip to Mesa Verde National Park coming up soon but just found out that the Cliff Palace Loop Road and Balcony House and Cliff Palace itself will be closed to tours until late July. I still have a tour booked for the Long House but with the closures (including the Chapin Museum) is it still worth it to spend two full days in the park? I am considering maybe spending one day in a different location like Canyon of the Ancients, Canyon de Chelly, or Chaco Culture instead. Thanks!
pacersfever is offline  
Old Jun 26th, 2022, 11:18 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 23,089
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
For a one day excursion, Hovenweep Ntional Monument is only a little more than an hour away compared to the three hours to Chaco Canyon:

https://flic.kr/p/7neohC https://flic.kr/p/7uwdQy
Or another day trip would be the train ride from Durango to Silverton:

https://flic.kr/p/7e89oQ
Michael is online now  
Old Jun 27th, 2022, 03:17 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,876
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That looks terrific to visit

We really enjoyed Canyon de Chelly after mesa Verde--sorry about the closures.
Gretchen is offline  
Old Jun 27th, 2022, 07:22 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 1,328
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
One full day should be enough given the closures, but do understand that getting to the top of the Mesa can take 45/minutes or more from the VC and longer if you stop at the pull outs. You do not want to drive back down after dark.

What direction are you planning to go after you visit? Chaco Canyon, and Canyon de Chelley are truly wonderful, but are far enough from Mesa Verde to take more than a day to drive to and spend much time visiting.

You also could visit Hovenweep, Aztec ruin or Bandelier if you want more Native American sites depending on what direction you will head next..
oldemalloy is offline  
Old Jun 30th, 2022, 06:30 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,526
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Go to the museum in Delores and then to Lowry Pueblo--truly amazing!! (Canyon of the Ancients)
StantonHyde is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
spirobulldog
United States
6
Jun 1st, 2008 12:54 PM
mahoneycutt
United States
12
Apr 23rd, 2003 07:37 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -