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Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

The first national park to “preserve the works of man,” Mesa Verde stands alone as a national park, archaeological site, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this half-day tour, you’ll skip the search for parking and go straight to exploring the ancient cliff dwellings with a guide, learning about the park’s flora and fauna, geology, and human mystery—these ruins were abandoned around the year 1300.
  • Skip the lines in Mesa Verde’s parking areas and at the entrance gate
  • Explore Mesa Verde with a guide, learning about the park’s complex history
  • Cliff-dwelling tours included when made available by the park
  • Hassle-free round-trip transfers from nearby Durango, CO
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Complimentary transportation from Durango, Colorado
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Mountain Waters Rafting , 303 W College Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA

8 AM departure, please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mountain Waters Rafting & Adventure Company LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour.

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Mesa Verte on a beautiful day
Nancy_N
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed every part of our tour. Luckly we had beautiful weather, not too hot not too cold. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She didn't overwhelm us with information nor rush us through and sites.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sounds just right, thank you for the review Nancy!
star-5
Great half day adventure
Carla_M
, Jun 2022
Neil was a great guide! Funny and very knowledgeable! The tour is just as described! Suitable for all ages! The cliff dwellings were fantastic!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our Guides + Mesa Verde National Park = A Great Day! Thank you for the review.
star-5
A Trip For The Ages
GREGORY_P
, Jun 2022
It was fun to be with our guide , Neil. He was very informative and went the extra mile to give us treats, gifts , and take photos of us . Mesa Verde is a special place and if you have any interest in people that have lived before us then this is your trip. Get to know the history of the Ancestral Puebloan people.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the review and recommendation to experience Mesa Verde with our guide Neil, we appreciate it!
star-5
Do it !!!!
Chris_B
, Sep 2021
Our guide Greg was fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Ute tribes and there way of life. He is passionate about his work and made sure we all had a great time.
star-5
History comes alive
charlotte_m
, Aug 2021
The majesty of the mountains was overwhelming. Learning the history of its inhabitants reminded me of the strength of the human spirit. Our guide Greg was most informative and very humorous. He made the whole experience come alive!
star-5
Our guide was amazing! ...
Beth_U
, Aug 2021
Our guide was amazing! We were in the back of a backup van so couldn’t hear what he was saying as we were driving but that was not his fault. He was very knowledgeable and personable. Drinks and snacks and restroom stops were greatly appreciated!
star-5
A day and tour to remember
Randell_B
, Aug 2021
Our guide, Aaron, was knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. He brought the history of the Pueblo people to life and left us with indelible memories of Mesa Verde. What a terrific day!
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Half day tour of Mesa Verde National Park
Dave_W
, Aug 2021
From booking to the return of the tour everything was great. I received a phone call after making our reservation confirming our trip as well as an email. Our guide Chris’s knowledge and friendliness made our experience the BEST. He was so patient answering questions and had water and snacks readily available. Had an amazing trip!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for commenting on the great communication from our office! They work very hard to set our guests expectations and have years and years of practice doing it. Our Mesa Verde guides are passionate, patient and professional which always leads to an amazing trip. Thank you for the review!
star-5
Loved it
Suzanne_C
, Aug 2021
Aaron was an awesome guide. We arrived at Mesa Verde without knowing tickets were required to see the cliff dwellings and they were long ago sold out, so we booked this tour and it saved the entire trip. We loved it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
It has been two years of no dwelling tours at Cliff Palace and Balcony House and it has been two years of the guides still making a great tour of the park. Thank you for the review!
star-5
Really enjoyed the education and sites
Flippen_family
, Aug 2021
Chris and Karen were awesome. Chris knew his history and the added knowledge from his hiking, rafting and climbing experience, and Karen filled in with her experiences in different areas around. Perfect combo! Provided water and snacks, restaurant info and other things to do in the area. They’re both great with the kids and helping them to understand and learn.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Mesa Verde, thank you for the review!
star-5
Beautiful views
Ramsie_S
, Aug 2021
If you are going to do the park, having a guide is a must. Chris was great!! Made sure we saw all the must see spots and knew what questions we were going to ask before we even asked.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Mesa Verde is the worlds first archeological National Park and truly does benefit from an expert guide like Chris, thank you for the review!
star-3
Poor communication
Terry_A
, Aug 2021
Directions for meeting place was conflicted. Phone call said one place and email said another. Couldn’t reach anyone for confirmation early before we had to be heading toward the email one which was last communication so we went there. It was wrong. Van was crowded and hot. It was a free admission day to park but our price was not. At very least should go to your guide
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We tried really hard Terry! I'm sorry to hear there was confusion about the meeting point Wednesday, August 4th. The half day location for meeting our guests was sold on July 20th which is why we called you: Jennifer 8/3/21 @ 9:24am Called her went over CP closure, masks, and is meeting in Durango gtg And Emailed You: Jennifer 8/3/21 @ 9:22am Sent confirmation email to b**********y@gmail.com SentDeliveredOpened Turns out the phone call was the last communication, but only by 2 minutes. The park offered a free day to commemorate the America Outdoors legislation which I lobbied for by calling and emailing my representatives to vote for. I'm glad they didn't have problems understanding my phone call and email! We will try harder next time!
star-5
Incredible trip and guide.
Wanda_W
, Aug 2021
A great tour experience of an amazing place done by an experienced, knowledgeable and fun guide (Rowan). Rowan was really into everything about Mesa Verde and many other Southwest sites and he is clearly passionate about his work. The site is incredible and he made it even better by him, well worth the longish trip from Durango and the money. A great time.
star-5
Mesa Verde trip
Naomi
, Aug 2021
Loved the Mesa Verde guided tour. We did the half day tour. Highly recommend it. Beautiful archeology and scenery.
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Mesa Verde 1/2 day tour
kathy
, Jul 2021
The history of the cliff dwellings and surrounding area was very interesting. Our guide hadn't been in the area very long but studied the park and was able to give us enough information to make the trip memorable. It was difficult to hear him while on the road because he was speaking towards the windshield and there was no microphone or speaker system on the 12 passenger bus. Also, the bus was advertised as air conditioned...it was not.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I am sorry to hear your experience was average and encourage any of our guests to speak with management or the owners when you are less than pleased. Half the a/c did fail and was immediately repaired. We also don't want the guide speaking while driving and that will be addressed with Rowan. There is plenty of time to talk at all of the stops. I appreciate you taking time to let us know your concerns.
star-5
A great Colorado Treasure
Ross_H
, Jul 2021
A small group with a guide was a good choice. We learned a lot and our guide adjusted the trip to the group.
star-5
Informative and Complete.
John_T
, Jul 2021
Rowan was most knowledgeable and agreeable. He took us to more places than we could have done in a full day. This a great way to do Mesa Verde.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Mesa Verde with Rowan, thank you for the review!
star-5
Glad we booked
Sandra_H
, Jul 2021
We are so glad we booked this tour. Out guide, Chris, is so knowledgeable about the Mancos area and the Ancestral Puebloan culture, and he was the best part of the tour. The coach was quite comfortable and easy to enter and exit. All six of us say Kudos to your company.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Mesa Verde National Park is only partially open and our guides know how to make the most of it, thank you so much for the review!
star-5
Great experience
Deborah_B
, Jul 2021
Looking at the homes they lived in and the presentation that our guide put into the telling of the information.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
The Ancestral Puebloans sure did build some pretty cool houses in the cliffs at Mesa Verde, thank you for the review!
star-5
The Genius of a Past Civilization.
Kevin_W
, Jun 2021
Greg was very good. Very knowledgeable. Being from this area gave him great insight. He was accommodating, took time to answer questions and added humor. He challenged the group by asking us to imagine what it must have been like to live like these people did. Great tour and Greg get's an A.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Greg is a top notch grade A Mesa Verde Tour Guide and we are lucky to have him! Thank you for the review!

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