The following cliff dwellings can only be visited by taking a ranger-guided tour. Tours are strenuous. Due to high demand for tours during the busy summer season, you may be asked to choose only one tour per day between Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Long House may be visited on the same day as Cliff Palace or Balcony House.
Tour tickets for Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House must be purchased in person and can be purchased up to two days in advance. Please visit Purchasing Tour Tickets, to find out where tour tickets are sold.
Please note: Essential preservation work on Cliff Palace may be required this summer. We'll do our best to minimize the impact on ranger-guided tours. Please check here for current schedules.
Spruce Tree House
Twilight Tours in Cliff Palace
Cliff Palace Photography Tours
The Wetherill Mesa information kiosk is a 12-mile (19km) drive along the Wetherill Mesa Road (begins near mile marker 15). Allow 45 minutes for this drive. Vehicles over 25-feet (8m) long are prohibited on this road.
Half-Day Guided Bus Tours
Mesa Verde National Park concessioner ARAMARK conducts guided bus tours that offer modern views of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Tours stop at archeological sites along the Mesa Top Loop Road and include a walking tour of Cliff Palace. Tours depart Far View Lodge at 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Far View Lodge and Terrace, and Morefield Campground. For more information about bus tours, visit the ARAMARK website.