Audio Tour - Mesa Top Loop Drive: A Pueblo Perpective on Mesa Verde
"My name is TJ Atsye. I am a Mesa Verde park ranger and am Laguna Pueblo, a direct descendant of the people who once lived here. Please join me as we follow the footsteps left behind by my Pueblo ancestors."
Download the audio tour and listen along in your car as you drive the 6-mile (10km) Mesa Top Loop, or on your phone as you explore the ten stops along the way. You can also follow along from your home or school to explore Mesa Verde virtually. The entire podcast lasts about 40 minutes.
Podcast Series - Mesa Verde Voices
A podcast series exploring the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people, connecting the experiences of people from the past with people of today. To download, visit mesaverdevoices.org.
The series is developed in partnership with KSJD Public Radio, Mesa Verde Museum Association, and Mesa Verde Country.
Virtually Explore Balcony House
Here's a fun way to explore Balcony House. CyArk, one of our park partners has helped survey and document archeological sites using high tech, non-invasive techniques. This documentation is used to better monitor, conserve, and if needed, stabilize these remarkable sites. One such site is Balcony House. Now, you can virtually explore Balcony House by visiting CyArk's Balcony House Project webpage. Don't miss the 3D Explorer and Virtual Tour tabs at the top of their page!
Cliff Dwelling Tours
For those trying to decide which cliff dwelling to visit during a trip to Mesa Verde, check out these amazing videos. All have particular aspects that help transport you back over 700 years to when they were home to the Ancestral Pueblo people.
Visiting Wetherill Mesa
Mesa Verde National Park can be divided into two sections: Chapin Mesa and Wetherill Mesa. Wetherill Mesa provides opportunities for hiking, biking, hiking with pets, and both self- and ranger-guided hikes through spectacular archeological sites, such as Long House, Step House, and Badger House Community Sites.
Ranger Shorts Video Series
2016 was a landmark year for the National Park Service (NPS) as we celebrated 100 years! So in honor of the NPS Centennial, the park posted a number of videos of rangers sharing their love for parks and what working for the National Park Service means to them. We hope these videos continue to inspire.
Why is Spruce Tree House Closed?
Spruce Tree House can be seen from overlooks near the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Rangers are available to answer questions. There are many other things to see and do while in the park including a visit to the Museum; visiting sites along the Mesa Top Loop with views of other cliff dwellings, including Cliff Palace; exploring Far View Sites; and hiking trails. In the late-spring, summer, and early-fall months, tours of other cliff dwellings such as Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Long House, and Step House are available. Please check the park schedule to see what is available at the time of your visit.
Last updated: December 9, 2020