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Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Due to the complexity of preservation work to be completed at Cliff Palace this spring, Superintendent Cliff Spencer has announced that the site will not open for ranger-guided tours until Friday, May 22. "We hope to complete the first phase of the on-site preservation work before the Memorial Day weekend," said Spencer. Beginning May 22, summer schedules are expected to be very similar to past years' schedules. Additional work may be required after Labor Day, and may cause tour reductions in the fall tour schedules.
"We know this is a problem for some of our spring visitors," Spencer said. The park will schedule additional ranger-guided tours of Balcony House when possible to provide extra options for travelers. "This is the first really extensive stabilization work done at Cliff Palace since it opened to public tours almost 100 years ago," he said. "We have to ask everyone to stay flexible as we work to protect this incredible place." For the most up-to-date information, visit our website using the links below, or call 970-529-4465.
In May, 2011, archeologists discovered extensive cracks, wall deformation, and structural movement in the southern half of Cliff Palace. Park staff and experts from around the country have been working to document the character and extent of deterioration, and to develop a plan to carry out the required emergency stabilization. Special thanks to the Mesa Verde Foundation and the National Park Foundation for providing partial funding for the work.
There are a number Cliff Palace viewpoints from which to observe this remarkable cliff dwelling. These include the Cliff Palace overlook on the Cliff Palace Loop Road; and the Sun Point View and Sun Temple stops on the Mesa Top Loop Road.
- For more information on the preservation work, visit Preserving Cliff Palace.
- For a list of questions and answers about the Cliff Palace project, visit the Cliff Palace FAQs page.
- For park schedules, visit Operating Hours & Seasons.