We will be staying in Durango for a few days and plan a day trip to Mesa Verde? How much time realistically will we need to get the major highlights and see one of the houses? If we arrive after noon are we not likely to be able to get tickets to Cliff Palace or Balcony House? We have so many things we want to do in Durango I don't know that we can give Mesa Verde an entire day. We will have a fourteen year old girl and 9 year old boy travelling with us.