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Full-Day Mesa Verde Discovery Tour

Durango, United States

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit Mesa Verde National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage site — on this full-day tour from Durango. With a guide, xplore the park's preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and other archaeological sites, learning about the history and culture of this ancient Native American community. Lunch is included.
  • Full-day tour from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park
  • Explore the ancient cliff dwellings of this World Heritage site
  • Learn about the Ancestral Puebloan Native American culture
  • Lunch, entrance fee, and transportation to the park included
National Park fees
Professional, knowledgeable guide
- Skip the long lines

Departure Point

50 Animas View Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day trip begins in the morning at the tour office in Durango, where you'll hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle for the ride to Mesa Verde National Park.

Upon arrival, head first to the visitor center for an orientation to the park's features, and then visit Cliff Palace, which is thought to have held special meaning to the Ancestral Puebloans. A box lunch catered by a local bakery is provided, after which you'll explore Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling inside the park.

Throughout your tour, enjoy insightful commentary from your guide about the culture, architecture, and history of these dwellings and the people who lived in them. Your tour ends with the drive back to the tour office in Durango, where you'll arrive in the early evening.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must bring your own car seats for children who require them. CO Car Seat Law states that children up to 8 years old must be in an appropriate car seat.
  • Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and water are recommended.
  • Dress in layers. Summer is cool in the morning and hot by the afternoon. Bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves for fall, winter, and spring.
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Mesa Verde Discovery Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If you are ever in Durango, Co don't miss this tour." See review


64 Reviews
2 stars
Reviews by Viator travelers
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Educational tour and impressive your guide!
, Jul 2020
Our Mesa Verde tour guide, Jared, was extraordinary in every way! Not only was he well-informed, he was totally passionate with this historical topic. He ensured all our questions were answered and allowed us enough time at each stop. He was also kind enough to answer questions from tourists who weren't part of our group. He truly made this experience memorable for us - also made us want to deep-dive all we could about Mesa Verde and the amazing Pueblo heritage.
What an adventure!
, Nov 2019
If you are ever in Durango, Co don't miss this tour. Its a full day of wonderful sights and adventure!. Jared was very informative and a wonderful helpful guide.My husband had a bit of a struggle managing the hike but Jared was so patient and helpful my husband was so thankful.
Mesa verde tour
, Sep 2019
This was a wonderful tour conducted by our very knowledgeable guide. In addition to visiting many sites all with explanation of culture, we also got to tour the cliff house. While you can drive yourself around the park, I think you would miss out on a lot of the history.
Excellent tour
Lukacs D
, Aug 2019
I had the pleasure to be in a small group. Kellie was our tour leader and she was very knowledgeable and also knew the in and outs of Mesa Verde. Was shown some interesting spots and the quiet nature was something that I really miss in the big cities.
Mesa verse day
, May 2019
KELLY was a wonderful knowledgeable quite. We had an amazing day. Food was great. Can't say enough good things about our guide.
This is the way to see Mesa Verde!
, Sep 2018
Even though we'd lived in Colorado for over 50 years, we'd never been to Mesa Verde. We are SO glad we did this tour when we finally decided to visit. Our guide, Kellie, was so knowledgeable and charming that we feel like we know so much more about this place and culture than we ever could have if we'd just gone through on our own. On the ride from Durango (which was very comfortable), she gave us a nice, comprehensive history of the pueblan peoples and Mesa Verde itself. Then, once we were in the park, she took us to the popular - and not as popular - places, and helped us understand the history and significance of each. Her passion for Mesa Verde and this culture was apparent throughout the day, and that she shared it with us was a special treat!
Excellent tour for the money!
, Jul 2018
This is a tour you would want to take with a guide. There is so much to learn about the peolpe and their way of life .
This tour was amazing! Our tour...
Eisa G
, Sep 2017
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide went above and beyond to make sure our trip was one of a kind. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. I would also recommend this company for any other sightseeing tours around the area. Their customer service is excellent.
My 16 year old nephew was visiting. I...
Kathleen B
, Aug 2017
My 16 year old nephew was visiting. I booked this trip because he likes history. Our guide Jay was excellent. He gave us a lot of interesting information about Mesa Verde and kept us very entertained.
The cliff dwellings are something...
Carole M
, Dec 2016
The cliff dwellings are something that everyone should see. Very amazing! You do have to walk a lot for the Longhouse tour and if you have problems with vertigo like me it can be kind of scary but it's so worth seeing.

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