Self-Guided Tours

There are plenty of cultural sites to explore on your own. Some are open year-round, while others are open seasonally. Please see the Visitor Services and Program Schedule or Visitor Guide for specific dates and times.



Spruce Tree House from overlook
Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House
Best-Preserved Cliff Dwelling
(Early March to early November)
You can observe Spruce Tree House from viewpoints near the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Rangers will be available at the overlook daily, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (with extended hours in late spring and summer) to answer questions and share information.

Due to continued safety concerns related to rock falls, the site remains closed for the foreseeable future. Overlooks near the museum offer superb views of the cliff dwelling.

Exhibit on the Mesa Top Loop
Mesa Top Loop Road Exhibit

Mesa Top Loop Road
Auto Tour - 700 Years of Mesa Verde History
A 6-mile (10 km) driving tour with short, paved trails. Twelve easily-accessible sites, including surface dwellings and cliff dwelling overlooks. Highlights include Square Tower House, Sun Point Overlook, and views of Cliff Palace from Sun Point and Sun Temple stops. Overlooks also found on the 6-mile (10 km) Cliff Palace Loop Road. Open 8:00 am to sunset.

Spiral petroglyph at Pipe Shrine House in Far View Sites
Petroglyph at Pipe Shrine House in Far View Sites

Far View Sites Complex
Five Mesa Top Villages & Far View Reservior
Far View House plus four other villages and a dry reservoir on a level 3/4-mile (1.2 km) unpaved trail. Four miles (6.4 km) north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Open 8:00 am to sunset.

View of Cedar Tree Tower
Cedar Tree Tower
Cedar Tree Tower
Mesa Top Tower and Kiva
Ancestral Puebloan tower and kiva complex can be viewed from the road. Open 8:00 am to sunset.


View of Step House
Step House

Step House
Pithouse, Petroglyphs and Cliff Dwelling
A 100 foot (30 m) descent and ascent on a winding path. Total walking distance is about one mile (1.6 km) round-trip. Allow 45 minutes to one hour. Trail begins near the Wetherill Mesa Kiosk. Please check here for current schedule.

Exhibit along the Badger House Trail
Badger House Trail Exhibit

Badger House Trail
Trail to Four Mesa Top Sites
The 2.25 mile (3.6 km) round-trip trail through Badger House Community surface sites begins at Wetherill Mesa Kiosk. Your walk through this area is a journey through 600 years of prehistory. Combination graveled and paved trail. Available early May to late October.


Last updated: January 14, 2020

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