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AAA Mesa Verde - Durango Package

Mesa Verde Tour Description

  • Guided tours of Mesa Verde National Park reveal a chronological journey starting with the earliest pit houses and include a walk through of a major cliff dwelling. Knowledgeable guides lead visitors on a learning journey through time and share modern understanding and interpretations of the culture, architecture and archeology of the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) who occupied the area from 600-1300 AD. Tours visit a number of sites via motor coach and foot.

  • Morning or afternoon half day tours are available, each are 3 hours long and depart from Far View Lodge (15 miles inside the park entrance). The morning tour departs at 8:30 a.m. and the afternoon tour departs at 1:00 p.m. Both include interpretation of the earliest mesa-top pit house sites and conclude with a walking tour of Spruce Tree cliff dwelling (morning) or Balcony House cliff dwelling (afternoon). THe magnificent petroglyph panel (about half way in) is a bonus!

      *Please note that the Balcony House is a bit more adventurous (and strenuous) and requires a crawl through a short tunnel(10') and climbing a 40' ladder)


  • All day tours (available at an additional cost per person) leave from the lodge at 9:30 a.m. and explore the entire Chapin Mesa cultural sites. You visit excavated mesa top sites and cliff dwellings including Cliff Palace, the largest excavated site in North America. Learn, geology, plant and animal life, and tour Mesa Verde's museum of artifacts and dioramas. A hearty box lunch — (picnic stop location may vary with the season) is included.

  • Excellent hiking trails in various park locations offer hiking options from easy to difficult and from 1 mile to 8 miles. The Petroglyph trail is possibly the best exposure to hiking in the park and runs 2.8 miles along Spruce Canyon and offers spectacular views, some nice shady areas, and climbs up to the cliff top above Spruce Tree cliff dwelling. The magnificent petroglyph panel (about half way in) is a bonus!

      *Please note: Weather and park conditions affect which trails are available. Check with the visitor Center for more information - (970) 529-5036.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad:

  • Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

    Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago.

    The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year round adventure.

    The D&SNGRR is listed as a National Historic Landmark and ranked in the top ten scenic railroads in the world. Round trip service to Silverton is available May through October. An upgrade to deluxe traveling in the Parlor Car, includes croissants, juice, coffee, and a glass of champagne.
D&SNGRR Schedule Depart Durango Arrive Silverton Depart Silverton Arrive Durango
May 3rd - May 13th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2 pm 5:30 pm
May 14th - June 12th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2 pm 5:30 pm
9 am Daily 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 6:15 pm
June 4th - June 18th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2:00 pm

5:30 pm

9:00 am Daily 12:30 pm 2:45 pm

6:15 pm

9:45 am Daily 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 7:00 pm
June 19th - August 10th 7:30 am Mon - Fri 11:00 am 1:15 pm 4:45 pm
8:15 am Daily 11:45 pm 2:00 pm 5:30 pm
9:00 am Daily 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 6:15 pm
9:45 am Daily 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 7:00 pm
August 11th - August 15th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2:00 pm 5:30 pm
9:00 am Daily 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 6:15 pm
9:45 am Daily 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 7:00 pm
August 16th - October 13th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2:00 pm 5:30 pm
9:00 am Daily 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 6:15 pm
October 14th - Octobr 27th 8:15 am Daily 11:45 am 2:00 pm 5:30 pm

  • Refreshments available for sale in the dining car.
  • Wheelchair accessible lift service available on 8:15 a.m. train only.
  • An upgrade to the Parlor Car may be offered for an additional $39.00 per person

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