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“Great for a quick overview!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mesa Top Loop Road

Ranked #3,580 of 2,246 things to do in Colorado
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 715 helpful votes
“Great for a quick overview!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

This 6-mile loop is a great way to get the most out of a free couple of hours at Mesa Verde. The stops for the Navajo Canyon View, Square Tower House, pit houses, villages and Sun Temple are clearly marked and a loop guide is available to provide all necessary interpretive information. There are also two stops for cross-canyon views of small cliff dwellings and the Cliff Palace.

Visited August 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“6 mile loop around Chapin Mesa takes you to great sites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

This loop was a great overall way to see the park. The lookouts are clearly marked and parking is easy as not too many people drive this loop. We were able to see so many of the cliff dwellings from above, and at one of the last stops, you can see a wide expanse of cliff that has numerous dwellings in a row. There are also stops that lead you chronologically through the development of the Ancestral Puebloans construction of their homes, from pit house to cliff dwelling. We were glad to have taken this drive after touring one of the cliff dwellings, because it gave us a good overview of the entire park.

Visited May 2012
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing archaeological auto-tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

The Mesa Top Loop Road was my favorite part of Mesa Verde. Definitely pick up a trail guide so you have more information about the ruins you will be seeing. There are several different stops on the tour that show different types of excavated ancient dwellings. Each one is interesting and informative in its own way, so don't miss any of them!

Visited July 2011
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“At your own pace, see mesa top living evolve over 700 years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

A 50 cent donation gets a guide book, to the six mile loop drive complete with drawings, explanations and interesting facts. There is plenty of parking, and stops are well signed. Pueblo houses, pithouses, kivas and overlooks all have interesting notices and none are far from the road. A great way to spend an hour and a half away from the crowds of the organised tours.

Visited August 2011
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