Explore Mesa Top Loop

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

based on 2 reviews


Added by Jason Hatfield

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.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
ADA Accessible

Explore Mesa Top Loop Reviews

Really cool drive with plenty of viewpoints of the ancient Pueblo dwellings. Be sure to book at least one tour of either Long House or Balcony House to fully experience what life used to be like for these people.

There is so much to see on this loop. The cliff dwelling and scenery is amazing.

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