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Step House

Wetherill Mesa Rd, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Unique Cliff house

This is the only cliff house in the park you can visit without a tour ticket, so you can wander... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
An easy hike and a must do while on Wetherill Mesa

While waiting for the Long House tour we hiked down to the Step House. No ticket or guide is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Wetherill Mesa Rd, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the only cliff house in the park you can visit without a tour ticket, so you can wander around it on your own and at your leisure. But what makes it really unique is that it is also the only cliff house where...More

Thank AeneasAtSea
Reviewed 1 week ago

While waiting for the Long House tour we hiked down to the Step House. No ticket or guide is required, although there was a ranger on duty at the Step House, which I assume is the norm. This is an easy and very worthwhile hike,...More

Thank parksvisitor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank edward d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We almost skipped this 1 mile round trip trail to Step House but decided that while we were visiting Wetherill Mesa we would do this. I am so glad we did, the trail is pretty easy, a little stone stepping to get to it and...More

Thank Jane_A60
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was a great short walk to a cliff dwelling. There was a Park Ranger there to answer questions but it was nice to get to it on our own.

Thank DMR-2011
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This site is on the Weatherill Mesa loop road which you take near the Far View area. There is a parking lot where all motorised vehicles must park and near here is a small cafe and a stand from where the rangers take the guided...More

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