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Beautiful spot

This is an unguided site, though rangers are present. It is located on the less visited Weatherill... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2015
Elizabeth B
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Last trek of the day to interesting transition housing

Touring Step House doesn't require a ticket, but if doing this following the Long House tour, it... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2015
Gust02
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

This is an unguided site, though rangers are present. It is located on the less visited Weatherill Mesa, so there are not nearly the crowds as you will find at other sites. The site includes pit houses as well as cliff dwellings. It's easy enough...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Touring Step House doesn't require a ticket, but if doing this following the Long House tour, it moves the days hiking from moderate to strenuous. On this fire-burned, treeless area of the mesa, the descent into the canyon to Step House and climb back out...More

Thank Gust02
Reviewed 23 June 2015

We visited Step House before taking the Long House tour. Can see pit houses and stone masonry at the same site. Not crowded. Walk of about 1/2 mi. with 50 ft. elevation change. Worth the effort.

1  Thank Ray S
Reviewed 7 June 2015

this was a really cool dwelling its just a short walk and one of the better views in the park, dont miss this.

Thank 814chadwick
Reviewed 2 September 2014

You begin this trail at the end of the Wetherill Mesa road by the small ranger station there. It is one mile with many steps down and then back up, so not an easy walk- especially in the middle of a hot day. Take water,...More

2  Thank Kbecjeans
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

Step House is one of our favorite dwellings in the park. Our first few trips to Mesa Verde, we never made it to Weathermill Mesa. Big mistake. Step House is a self guided tour that gives you the opportunity to climb around one of the...More

4  Thank KevLena
Reviewed 4 August 2014

This was our first dwelling upon hitting the park. It was the perfect way to introduce us to the park and the various dwellings. Do this one before Balcony or Cliff Palace.

1  Thank richard g
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I admit that I saw Step House as an afterthought while waiting for the tram to Long House. My idea was that it could not have been very impressive or they would be charging for guided tours as they do for the other accessible dwellings...More

3  Thank Stuthehistoryguy
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This cliff dwelling is smaller than Long House but provides a scenic hiking trail (1 mile round trip). There were more pictographs at this location. It is a self guided trail though there was a ranger on site (to preempt vandalism) that offered a personal...More

2  Thank edge8400
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Moderate hike from the road, but this dwelling is beautiful and accessible on your own. Plan accordingly because it has limited hours, but worth the stop!

1  Thank Greg1976TN
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