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Cliff Palace, CO

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,808 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
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Interest Ruins & Historic
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Overview: Cliff Palace is one of the featured attractions at Mesa Verde National Park. The park service conducts guided tours for a fee. Purchase asmission for the tour at the visitor center. The best views of Cliff Palace ar from a viewpoint at the entrace gate to the tour.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    In addition to the fee per vehicle to get into the park, there is a ticket charge per tour that has to be purchased in advance for this hike (Cliff Palace), as well as Balcony House and Long House. These tour tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, the Morefield Ranger Station, or the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. Note there can be really long lines at times to buy tickets at the Visitor's Center, and the number of tickets sold per tour is limited.

    Tours of the Cliff Palace are limited, only open from mid-May to the end of October.

    Mesa Verde National Park
    $10-15 per vehicle (depends on season) good for 7 days Permit Information

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cortez, Colorado, take US160 east to the signed exit for Mesa Verde National Park. Pay the entrance fee and proceed up the winding road leading to the top of the mesa. Past the Far View Visitor's Center, head south on the main Ruin's Road. When you reach the turnout for Spruce Tree House turn left. After about 0.4 miles turn left again. You are now on your way to the Cliff Palace Loop and the road will take you straight to Cliff Palace parking.
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