Advice for Booking Tours on Recreation.gov

Minimum Time Required Between Tour Bookings


If you plan to do two or more ranger-guided tours, we highly suggest you use this timetable when booking them on recreation.gov. This should help ensure you have time to drive to and be ready to begin the second and/or third tour you schedule.The time given includes the length of the first tour. All ranger-guided tours are available online at recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777 starting March 9, 2020.

 
First Booking Time Needed
Between
Bookings **
--Schedule at Least--
Second Booking
Cliff Palace
(also Early Bird Tour)
Cliff Palace 2.0 hours Balcony House
Cliff Palace 3.0 hours Long House
Balcony House
Balcony House 2.0 hours Cliff Palace (also Twilight Tour)
Balcony House 3.0 hours Long House
Long House Long House 4.5 hours Balcony House
Long House 4.5 hours Cliff Palace (also Twilight Tour)
Mug House Mug House 4.0 hours Balcony House
Mug House 4.0 hours Cliff Palace
Mug House 3.0 hours Long House
Square Tower House Square Tower House 3.0 hours Balcony House
Square Tower House 3.0 hours Cliff Palace
Square Tower House 4.0 hours Long House
**The times noted for each scenario is the minimum amount of time suggested between tour bookings.
(It includes both the length of the first tour, plus drive time to the next tour site.)


 
Separation bar with triangles - black and white
 

Example of Bookings


  • Cliff Palace at 10:00 am
    Balcony House at 12:00 pm or later
  • Mug House at 9:30 am
    Cliff Palace at 1:30 pm or later
  • Cliff Palace at 9:00 am
    Long House at 12:00 pm or later
  • Mug House at 9:30 am
    Balcony House at 1:30 pm or later
  • Balcony House at 12:00 pm
    Cliff Palace at 2:00 pm or later
  • Mug House at 9:30 am
    Long House at 12:30 pm or later
  • Balcony House at 10:00 am
    Long House at 1:00 pm or later
  • Square Tower House at 8:30 am
    Balcony House at 11:30 am or later
  • Long House at 10:00 am
    Balcony House at 2:30 pm or later
  • Square Tower House at 8:30 am
    Cliff Palace at 11:30 am or later
  • Long House at 9:00 am
    Cliff Palace at 1:30 pm or later
  • Square Tower House at 8:30 am
    Long House at 12:30 pm or later

Last updated: July 25, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

Contact Us