Explore Mesa Top Loop

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This drive visits some of the most impressive Ancestral Puebloan ruins and cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.

The 6-mile Mesa Top Loop Road, open 8 am to sunset, stops at 12 sites including surface ruins and cliff dwelling overlooks. The most famous feature of the park, Cliff Palace, is visible from the Sun Point and Sun Temple overlooks. Sunrise photography isn't possible on the loop due to operating hours, but stunning sunsets can be captured from the cliff trails before the road closes.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle and Telephoto Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Food & Water
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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