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. Please use the link at right to see a schedule of tours.
Tour tickets must be purchased in person and can be purchased up to two days in advance. Tickets for Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House are $4.00 per person, all ages. Tickets for Cliff Palace Twilight tours are $12.00 per person, all ages.
You can purchase $4.00 tour tickets at the following locations and times: **Hint: You'll get the best selection of times for ranger-guided tours at the Visitor and Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or the Colorado Welcome Center. Options may be more limited at the Museum.
**Hint: You'll get the best selection of times for ranger-guided tours at the Visitor and Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or the Colorado Welcome Center. Options may be more limited at the Museum.
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
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 these tours, visit the ARAMARK website.
Did You Know?
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.