Take a step back in time on a guided tour of Long House, the second-largest cliff dwelling in the western section of the national park. Soak in the ambience as you navigate down a steep but easy trail, listening to your ranger guide explaining the architecture of the place. Apart from regular and ceremonial rooms, the dwelling features a tower, a central square, and an interesting water supply system. If you feel like hiking, note that the Long House Loop leads to various trailheads. Plan my trip to Mesa Verde National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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Homeschooling comes to life when we visit spots like this. Busy during summer and lots of character to this site. more »
Great History, a fine lecture, not concentrating on the hardships of ancient people who lived here, but the abundance and cleverness of these people. We also had very good hikes around Mesa Verde. more »
We had the BEST park ranger ever as our guide. He was super knowledgeable and respectful of the fact that this is sacred land. He was an Indigenous person himself so he talked a lot about the beliefs of the people who lived there. Everyone agreed that he was the best ranger guide any of us had had during our visit. Long House itself is beautiful but there are a lot of great spots there and the guide absolutely made this the best part of my visit to Mesa Verde.
We walked to Long House with the ranger but was allowed to pick a different path to go back to the starting point. It was nice and not as challenging as the other cliff dwellings in the park IMHO.
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