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Review of Step House

Step House
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This is the only house that you can enter without being on a ranger led tour and the only one that people can do who are not in really good physical condition. It was a reasonable 1 mile loop hike to access this house and gives most people the opportunity to first hand experience one of the houses. So glad we were able to do it and get up close to some of these amazing structures from 800 years ago

Thank Wandering963
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Most of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde require a ticket, generally costing $5 per person. This one doesn't. It doesn't have ranger guided tours per se, instead it has rangers posted down in the dwelling to answer questions and make sure the visitors don't do anything stupid or destructive. This site isn't as large as the other cliff sites that are open, but it does have some unique features. It has the remains of an early style pit house one one side, and the remains of a later cliff dwelling in a style more consistent with the other cliff dwellings on the other. Many of the sites on Mesa Verde were abandoned and reused over the centuries, this is the only cliff dwelling that really shows it clearly, however. One tip, you can enter by taking one of two paths, one leads off to the right, the other to the left. If you come in hot weather, go to the right and follow the same trail back out. The trail to the right has shade, the trail to the left is totally exposed to the sun and gets quite hot.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

The history is fascinating and how they abandoned the houses when resources were gone. The today nations state that their ancestors are still there in spirit

Thank Margaret B
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We were surprised at the access to the ruin we had at this site. The walk is relatively easy (a mile RT). If you come to the park you owe it to yourself to visit. We were able to linger here more than we could on the guided tours.

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We didn't take the tour because there were no more tickets available but we self toured using the very well done guide and there was a ranger at the site to answer our questions. Semi-challenging 1 mile trek to the site but worth it.

Thank 22man
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