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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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DO SOME HOMEWORK! This is a primitive site, as is made very clear both on the website and at the helpful visitors center in Cortez. Driving directions are also very clear. It... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2014
Steve S
Denver, Colorado

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

I'm going to be honest here. The only reason worth visiting this hard to find location is to get a stamp for you National Passport book. I really hope that some day the site will be excavated. The was the intention when the land was purchased in 1919 but nothing has happened since. The site was home to ancient people... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Climbing through the oud ruins in the cliffs is a great experience. The Indians did not have ladders and ropes like they provide today, which makes the experience that much greater when you think of what the early inhabitants had to do just to get home.

1 Thank Danscrowell
Cortez, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

An interesting and huge archaeological ruins with up to 600 rooms and 100 kivas ; be sure to walk the many trails as this is a huge Ancestral Puebloan site. Look down for some surprises. Read up on the site ahead of time, and be sure to get the detailed directions on how to get there. A hike to nearby... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

DO SOME HOMEWORK! This is a primitive site, as is made very clear both on the website and at the helpful visitors center in Cortez. Driving directions are also very clear. It is very unfair to expect dazzling reconstructions, video explanations, or snack bars, or to label it "terrible". There is no interpretive information on-site nor any facilities, and it... More 

6 Thank Steve S
Somonauk, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Yucca House is an unexcavated site so you have to do a little searching to see the ruins. If you go to the National Park Service website for Yucca House, click on History and Culture and then the visitor guide to the site, there is a small map to the site pointing out the ruins. Unfortunately, tripadvisor will not allow... More 

8 Thank 13SS
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 917 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Have been here several times and just learned Mesa Verde (who administers this unit of the NPS) will be offering several ranger-led tours of Yucca House each week this summer! You can ask at Mesa Verde for a site bulletin with directions to Yucca House (the road to the monument crosses private lands and so is the parking area on... More 

4 Thank Saranger
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Do NOT bother unless you really want to see real ruins, untouched (so to speak). For most this would look like a pile of rocks because nothing has been done except to "protect it" by making it a National Park. The directions are unbelievable and I have no idea who wrote them or how long ago. They are horrible. It... More 

3 Thank Herman02
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We explored this set of ruins on our way back to Arizona and as the NPS stated on its website, there are no direction signs to the place. You must follow the paper directions to a tee or you will get lost. The ruins themselves are mostly unexcavated and all you will see are a few standing walls. We stayed... More 

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