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Ranger TJ Atsye

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Mesa Top Loop Audio Tour: A Pueblo Perspective 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 on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Make sure to download ahead of time, because service is limited inside the park. Listen along in your car or on your phone as you drive the 6-mile (10 km) Mesa Top Loop, 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.

 
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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 mesaverdevoices.org

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

 
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Explore Balcony House Virtually

In partnership with Mesa Verde National Park, CyArk documented Balcony House over two days in February 2017 using LiDAR and terrestrial photogrammetry. The two technologies were combined to generate a textured 3D model of the site which was then sliced to generate drawings.

The result is a new, immersive tour of Balcony House that is available for free through CyArk's online digital portal. Now you can discover Balcony House from your home with an interactive ranger-guided virtual tour.

 
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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: March 23, 2022

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