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4.5 stars - best drive in the park with many sites & viewpoints in a concentrated area.

This is easily the best drive in the park for mesa top sites and overlooks all in one concentrated... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Take The Time While You Are Here

The Mesa Top Loop is worth taking the time to do. The views from the overlooks give you a different... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Rudolph J M
Winchester, United States
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Scenic drives that offer visitors dramatic views of Anasazi cliff dwellings.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is easily the best drive in the park for mesa top sites and overlooks all in one concentrated area on the six mile loop. As you drive along you move from pithouse and pueblo sites on the mesa top to overlooks of cliff dwellings....More

Thank parksvisitor
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Mesa Top Loop is worth taking the time to do. The views from the overlooks give you a different perspective of the dwellings and enables you to see some you would not otherwise see. Allow yourself the time to look particularly when at Oak...More

Thank Rudolph J M
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

It was so interesting to drive this road and stop at the various dwellings along the way. We especially liked that the road was basically a chronological trip through the lives of the Native Americans that live here starting with the mist primitive pit houses...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Especially, when you have limited time, and want to see unlimited archeological sites, this drive is the best solution. About 10 km drive on the paved road, with several well-signed stops, including surface dwellings, cliff dwellings overlook, the Sun temple, the Sun Point Overlook and...More

Thank stinkwink
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Cliff palace and balcony house are on this road, but they have their own place for reviews so I won't mention them here. What's left is a string of overlooks and archaeological sites, many with short trails of their own leading you through sites that...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We had visited the museum and took the Mesa Top Road on our way back to the lodge. The sun was setting on the side of the canyon and enhanced our views of the puebla on the other side. Expect to be out of the...More

Thank edward d
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The Ruins road is a one way road, so once your on it you've got to do the whole loop. It is very scenic and has some interesting stopping points.

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is actually two roads--Mesa Top Loop, which takes you by multiple pit houses, scenic overlooks, the Square Tower House overlook, and the Sun Temple remains; and Cliff Palace Loop, which takes you to the Cliff Palace and Bacony House cliff dwellings and the Soda...More

1  Thank AeneasAtSea
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Delay of three hours taking off without a word of explanation. Arrived Denver after three am instead of one, then drive to Colorado springs...not fun.

1  Thank thomstok
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic drive with many scenic and informative stops. You will have many great views of cliff dwellings as well as close encounters with archiological sites. Easy parking at most sites. Only one or two restroom opportunities. Most sites are HC accessible.

1  Thank greenjay1
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8 July 2016|
Response from leo88copper | Reviewed this property |
When you visit the Visit Center of Mesa Verde National Park, you will get a map. The ruin road referred here is called Mesa Top Loop on the map.