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Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango and Silverton Railroad

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Program #1263RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The Anasazi chose Mesa Verde, now a world heritage site, as their home over a millennium ago, building an elaborate culture among the canyons and cliffs. Learn about these prehistoric puebloan people as you trace park history from its discovery to the Native Americans who share Four Corners country today, and hear about railroad and Colorado mining history during a full-day field trip aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.


• Study the cultural, artistic, engineering and farming advancements of these prehistoric people during visits to ruins on the mesa-top and to cliff dwellings at Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde’s showpiece.
• Expert instructors discuss the CCC boys at Mesa Verde, railroads, miners, cowboys, and Navajo inhabitants of this Western region.
• Ascend nearly 3,000 feet by steam train through some of the most dramatic terrain ever traversed by rail; return to Durango on the Million Dollar Highway.

Activity Notes

Exploration of ruin sites requires walks up to ½ mile at a time and, for Cliff Palace visit, ability to climb short ladders. Trails/paths are paved or well-maintained packed dirt with elevation changes of 100 – 150’. Elevations up to 9,300 feet.

Date Notes
Because of much-needed on-site preservation work taking place at Cliff Palace during Spring 2015, Cliff Palace tours will not re-open to the public until May 22, 2015. In place of Cliff Palace, a tour of Balcony House is offered or an optional 1.2 mile RT hike to the Soda Canyon overlook.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Performances


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