The following cliff dwellings can only be visited by taking a ranger-guided tour. Tours are strenuous. Due to high demand for tours during the busy summer season, you may be asked to choose only one tour per day between Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Long House may be visited on the same day as Cliff Palace or Balcony House.
Tour tickets for Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House must be purchased in person and can be purchased up to two days in advance. Please visit Purchasing Tour Tickets, to find out where tour tickets are sold. You can also visit 2016 Special Backcountry Hikes to learn about other opportunities available during your visit.
Please note: Essential preservation work on Cliff Palace is required this year. Please check here for current schedule.
On August 23rd and 24th, Cliff Palace will be temporarily closed for technical rock scaling work to remove loose rock fragments from the alcove above the site and trail. There are several overlooks throughout the park that offer views of Cliff Palace. Additional tours of Balcony House will be added during the closure.
Twilight Photography Tours
Historic District Walking Tour
Half-Day Guided Bus Tours
Mesa Verde National Park concessioner, Aramark Leisure, conducts guided bus tours that offer modern views of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Tours include the 700 Years and Far View Explorer Tours. Tickets may be purchased at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Far View Lodge and Terrace, and Morefield Campground. For more information about the bus tours, please visit the Aramark Leisure website.