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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Purchasing Tour Tickets

Although much of Mesa Verde National Park can be explored on your own, some cliff dwellings can only be visited by going on a ranger-guided tour. The cost and location for purchasing tickets vary, depending on the type of tour.


TICKETS FOR RANGER-GUIDED TOURS OF CLIFF PALACE, BALCONY HOUSE, AND LONG HOUSE
Price: $4.00 per person. Tickets must be purchased in person, and can be purchased up to two days in advance at the following locations, dates, and times. (For tour descriptions and schedules, go to the Guided Tours and Operating Hours & Seasons webpages.)

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
April 11 to May 22, 2014 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 23 to September 1 2014 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
September 2 to November 1, 2014 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Morefield Ranger Station
May 25 to September 1, 2014 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Colorado Welcome Center, Cortez
April 11 to May 25, 2014 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 26 to August 31 2014 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
September 1 to November 1, 2014 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum**
April 11 to November 1, 2014 9:00 am to 3:30 pm


**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.

 


TICKETS FOR CLIFF PALACE TWILIGHT TOURS
Price: $12.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online at www.recreation.gov or by phoning the call center at 1-877-444-6777. (For tour descriptions and schedules, go to Evening Programs.)

 

TICKETS FOR CLIFF PALACE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Price: $20.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online at www.recreation.gov or by phoning the call center at 1-877-444-6777. (For tour descriptions and schedules, go to Evening Programs.)

 

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 BACKCOUNTRY HIKES
Tickets for these special backcountry experiences must be purchased in advance, online at www.recreation.gov or by phoning the call center at 1-877-444-6777.

Mug House, 2-hour, 3-mile (4.8-km) round-trip hike
May 27 to August 30
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Price: $25.00 per person, all ages

Upper Navajo Canyon Hike, 5-hour, 6-mile (9.6-km) hike
September 3 to October 5
Wednesday and Sunday
Price: $18.00 per person, all ages

Wetherill Mesa Experience, 4-hour*, 4-mile (6.4-km) hike
September 2 to October 3
Tuesday and Friday
Price: $18.00 per person, all ages
*Note: The entire experience, including 4-hour hike AND driving time from the main park road to Wetherill Mesa (round-trip) is about six hours.

Yucca House National Monument, 2-hour, 1/2-mile (0.8 km) walk
•Wednesday, May 14
•Friday, May 16
•Wednesday, September 10
•Friday, September 19
Price: $5.00 per person, all ages



Did You Know?

Cliff Palace

Since 1996, 230 of the 600 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park have received Condition Assessment. More...