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Ranger TJ Atsye

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Mesa Top Loop Audio Tour:
A Pueblo Perspective on Mesa Verde

"Welcome to this special place. My name is TJ Atsye. I am a park ranger at Mesa Verde and am Laguna Pueblo, a direct descendant of the people who used to live here. Please join me as we follow the footsteps left behind by my Pueblo ancestors." Download the audio tour on the National Park Service app or as a podcast on your smart phone and listen in your car as you drive the 6-mile (10 km) Mesa Top Loop. Make sure to fully download the audio tour before beginning the drive, as there is little service along the Mesa Top Loop. You can also listen from home or school to explore Mesa Verde virtually. The entire audio tour lasts 43 minutes.

Download the audio tour on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Make sure to download before entering the park, where service is limited.

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Mesa Verde Voices Podcast

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 Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or SoundCloud.

The series is developed in partnership with KSJD Public Radio, Mesa Verde Museum Association, and Mesa Verde Country.

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Thumbnail image of Cliff Palace with tour text and Indigenous Ranger Intern Satchel.


Take a Virtual Tour of Cliff Palace

Explore Cliff Palace, North America's largest cliff dwelling, through an immersive online tour featuring perspectives from Indigenous ranger interns and a National Park Service archaeologist. With 150 stone rooms, this place is special and sacred, to our associated Pueblos, Nations, and Tribes while showing the impressive architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Gain a deeper understanding of Mesa Verde's past and present through the lens of Pueblo peoples' experiences, including the challenges and adaptations brought about by climate change.

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Thumbnail of Balcony House and text for the virtual tour with Ranger Drew.


Tour Balcony House Virtually

Explore Balcony House from the comfort of your home with an engaging ranger-guided virtual tour. Navigate through the intricate passageways and delve into the remarkable architecture that defines this site. Learn the origin of the site's name, find out where the freshwater springs are located, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views, and imagine what life was like here in the past.




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.
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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.
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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.
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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 7, 2023

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