• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Long House Tour

View of visitors on a tour of Long House
Visitors on a tour of Long House
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Visitors going up ladder in Long House during guided tour.

Long House tour


Long House is considered the second largest cliff dwelling in the park. The sheer beauty of the site makes the trip out to Wetherill Mesa worth the time and effort.

The 90 minute, ranger-guided tour involves decending 50 concrete steps, and climbing two 15 foot (4.5m) ladders within the site. The round trip hike is 3/4 mile (1.2km), with a 130 foot (40m) gain in elevation upon exiting. Tour begins at the Wetherill Mesa information kiosk.

The Long House tour is strenuous due to the heat, elevation and steepness of the trail. The tour is not recommended for anyone with heart or respiratory problems. Long House, like all of the cliff dwellings, is located at approximately 7,000 feet elevation and involves strenuous physical activity.

Purchase tickets for a Long House tour before driving out to Wetherill Mesa.

Did You Know?

View of mesas

The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.