Great view, fantastic feat of engineering and a great place to break from a long road trip.
This was a great afternoon hike. A bit harder than the Spruce tree house in my opinion but mostly the lack of shade and available benches to rest on. When we went this site was completely empty of tourists so it was nice and quiet. the ranger that was there was very nice and talked to us about the site and all that they knew of it. I had a great time here :)
This was the first stop at mesa verde for us. The rangers were very nice and informative letting us know that this site had a ranger onsite but did not require a tour like some of the others. A steep hike down, though they have paved the path so its still what i would consider an easy hike. several benches along the path for breaks. Bring water!! Even in the early part of the day it was getting warm fast. Well worth it :)
This place was amazing to behold from just the view points offered right of the road. However the $4 a person tour was so absolutely worth it!
We took the earliest tour (9:00am) so we had complete shade though out our tour. This was a must for us because it gets very hot as the day progresses. First you follow the guide down some steep steps carved right into the sandstone cliff, around the corner and then you are on level with the "palace" It is amazing that these building has stood through so many years. Truly a site to see and on level with it was great fun. The way back out is not for the faint of heart. Three ladders strait up the cliff face in a narrow crack is crazy but more so to know that the inhabitants of this world scaled the cliff every day. Amazing
I have lived in Utah my entire life and knew about this place but never made the trip till now. About what i expected novel and silly. I will most likely never go again but can now say I have been :)
I was very glad we stopped here. It is a very well done display and we needed lunch too so the air conditioned burger king made a great break from the heat to take our time reading all the info and looking at the many things in the display.