My husband and I are planning a 2+ week trip in May where we will be visiting several of the Utah national parks (Zion, Bryce, Escalante, Arches) and Antelope Canyon. He recently was told about Mesa Verde and it looks like we could fit it into our schedule. We would arrive at Mesa Verde early afternoon, stay at Far Views Lodge and then leave the next afternoon around lunchtime. My questions to you:
1. Given that Spruce Tree House is closed, Cliff Palace Tours will not be open and needing to get tour tickets upon arrival for Balcony House, is it still worth going to Mesa Verde if we're going to be there less than 24 hours (Arrive 2pm on Wednesday, leave 11am Thursday)? Will we even be able to get tour tickets for Balcony House?
2. If we do go, any thoughts on Far View Lodge? Originally we were going to get a tent site at Morefield Campground, but we will have been camping for about a week by then and decided we wanted to take a little break by staying at a hotel and this looks like it's the only one within the park.
Thank you in advance for your help!