Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

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Cortez, US
4.8 (60)
Cortez, US
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Embark on an extraordinary journey through Mesa Verde National Park with GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour. This immersive experience allows you to explore the first US National Park dedicated to preserving archaeological and cultural sites at your own pace. Uncover the stories and secrets behind famous highlights like the largest cliff dwelling in North America and the park's highest 360-degree viewpoint. With fascinating behind-the-scenes narratives, local tips, and automatic directions based on your location, you'll have everything you need for an unforgettable road trip adventure. No cell service or Wi-Fi? No problem. Download the tour and discover Mesa Verde offline using GPS. Plus, there are no time limits or expiry dates, and updates are completely free. Get ready to create lasting memories and uncover the wonders of Mesa Verde National Park with this captivating self-guided audio driving tour.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 4 hours - 12 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Self-guided journey through the first US National Park
  • Guided to famous highlights and lesser known gems
  • Fascinating stories, local tips, and directions along the drive
  • Freedom to explore offline at your own pace
  • No time limits or expiry, free updates
  • Support: toll free phone, chat and email
  • Easy to use: pre-download and tour offline
  • Trip planners: in-app, web and pdf
  • Location based: stories, tips & directions that autoplay
  • Guidealong (gypsy guide) audio tour: 100+ points
  • One-time purchase: no time or date use limit or expiry
  • Flexible routes: suggested itineraries or create your own
  • National park (car & bicycle - winter/$15, summer/$25, bus - winter/$10, summer/$15)
  • Ranger-led tours

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through Mesa Verde National Park with GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour. This innovative tour allows you to explore at your own pace while providing fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, local tips, and directions that play automatically along the drive. As the first US National Park created to preserve archeological and cultural sites, Mesa Verde is a treasure trove of ancient wonders. Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking landscapes as you visit famous highlights and discover lesser-known gems. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking a unique adventure, this tour is the perfect way to delve into the captivating world of Mesa Verde.

What to expect?

During this self-guided audio driving tour, you can expect an immersive and educational experience that will transport you back in time. Guided by GPS location, the audio commentary will automatically play, providing you with intriguing stories, useful tips, and detailed directions. Dive deep into the history and significance of each site as you explore at your own pace. With a total duration ranging from 240 to 720 minutes, you have the flexibility to customize your itinerary based on your interests and schedule. Whether you spend hours at a particular location or breeze through the highlights, this tour ensures a tailored experience that suits your preferences.

Who is this for?

This self-guided audio driving tour is perfect for anyone curious about Mesa Verde's ancient past and natural beauty. History lovers will be enthralled by the well-preserved cliff dwellings and archeological sites, while nature enthusiasts will appreciate the stunning views of the mesa-top landscape. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of exploring Mesa Verde independently. No prior knowledge or hiking experience is required, making this tour accessible to all. Whether you're embarking on a road trip, seeking a unique vacation experience, or simply wanting to delve into the history of the United States, this tour offers something for everyone.

Why book this?

With GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour, you'll enjoy the ultimate flexibility to discover Mesa Verde National Park at your own pace. Forget about rigid itineraries and crowded group tours - this tour allows you to create your own adventure. The audio commentary provides a wealth of fascinating insights, ensuring you won't miss a thing. Travel offline using GPS, which means no need for cell service or WiFi. This convenient feature allows you to truly disconnect from the digital world and immerse yourself in the wonders of Mesa Verde. The suggested itineraries cater to various time constraints, whether you have a few hours or a full day to explore. Plus, once you purchase the tour, there are no time limits or expiry, and you'll receive free updates. Embark on this unique journey and witness the magic of Mesa Verde in your own way.

Good to know

As you embark on this self-guided tour, keep in mind that the total duration can range from 240 to 720 minutes, allowing you to customize your experience to fit your schedule and interests. Start your tour at one of the official tour introduction points in Cortez or Durango, or join anywhere along the route. The GuideAlong app provides a preview of the tour route and offers suggested itineraries and trip planners to help you make the most of your visit. Please note that some sites, such as Balcony House and Cliff Palace, require pre-purchased tickets for the ranger-guided tours. However, there are plenty of other viewpoints and attractions that can be enjoyed without tickets. Additionally, make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and sun protection, as you may want to explore the hiking trails and take in the stunning views along the way.


Travelers who have experienced GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park have praised its immersive and educational nature. They highlight the convenience of the automatic audio commentary, which provides engaging stories and directions based on their precise location. The flexibility to explore at their own pace and customize the itinerary to their interests was greatly appreciated. Many reviews also mention the high quality of the audio content, with detailed information about the cliff dwellings, panoramic viewpoints, and other significant sites. Travelers found the tour suitable for all ages and levels of hiking experience, making it an inclusive and enjoyable experience for families and individuals alike. Overall, visitors lauded the convenience, educational value, and memorable experiences they gained from this self-guided audio tour in Mesa Verde National Park.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Mesa Verde National Park

As the audio guides play commentary based on your gps location, you can create your own itinerary along the tour route(s) to match your interests and schedule. Or you can use our trip planners for our suggestions on half, full or multi-day itineraries. Some of the many highlights are listed below

Balcony House

Located on the Cliff Palace Loop, Balcony House is one of the more adventurous of the cliff house tours as it requires climbing multiple ladders and even squeezing through tight passageways. The best non-tour view of Balcony House is from the Soda Creek Overlook Trail, also located on the Cliff Palace Loop Road. To see inside Balcony House, you must have a ticket for the Ranger-guided tour.

Admission Not Included

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

This museum has a superb collection of items and exhibitions and provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the culture, beyond just seeing the ruins.

Admission Not Included

Cliff Palace

Perhaps the most famous of all the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, Cliff Palace was first re-found by rancher Richard Wetherill, though he'd received tips of its existence from a local Ute member. It is the largest cliff dwelling in North America with 151 rooms and 23 kivas. Getting into Cliff Palace requires a pre-purchased ticket and the tour is considered Ranger-assisted. Your timed visit is supervised by a ranger who provides information, but you are somewhat allowed to self-explore.

Admission Not Included

Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House is located at the same access area as the museum and other park services. Though it is not as large as Cliff Palace, this dwelling is considered the best preserved. It is easily appreciated and photographed from the viewpoint behind the museum. Unfortunately due to some rock falls and destabilization, it is not possible to visit inside the Spruce Tree House for an indefinite time moving forward. There are also 2 popular but somewhat strenuous hiking trails that leave from this location; Petroglyph Point Trail - which as the name suggests, leads to a petroglyph panel, and the Spruce Canyon Trail. Expect each of these hikes to take approx 2 hours.

Admission Not Included

Square Tower House

The unique 4 story tall tower structure makes Square Tower House one of the most photogenic sites in the park. Square Tower is accessible on a ranger-led tour and pre-purchase of tickets is mandatory, using the same procedure as other cliff dwelling tours. If you do not have a tour booking, the best viewing location is along the Mesa Top Loop Drive.

Admission Not Included

Step House

Step House is the best opportunity in Mesa Verde to be able to get up-close and personal with a cliff dwelling, but does not require a that you join a ranger-led tour, and that you do not need tickets to see. Step House is located at the end point of the excellent drive along Wetherill Mesa Road. The bonus of visiting Step House is the many outstanding views along the 20 minute each way drive.

Admission Not Included

Sun Temple

Sun Temple was one of the last mesa-top pueblos built at Mesa Verde. The distinction is that it is built on the land, and not in a cliff alcove - almost like a regular building!

Admission Not Included



4.8 (60)


Great way to see the park. It knew where we were and helped us see things we wouldn’t have known to stop at. Highly recommend!!!


The self guided tour was very informative, the 'tour guide' had lots of knowledge about all of the sites. It was also cool how the 'tour guide' knew where we were in the park and would let us know which direction to go depending on what site we wanted to see.


The narrator was awesome-interesting, knowledgeable, humorous! The GPS tracking makes this tour so easy!


Excellent for information w/o guide. We did get tickets but learned a lot about park with application.


The tour was well narrated. However, there were places on the map on the brochures we picked up in the visitor center, that we either could not find, were closed, or we were not able to get to. Some places were not narrated on the top loop, so we missed them. Overall, we had a great time. We saw beautiful sites and scenery and had an enjoyable day.


This tour was so entertaining and informative. Dave, the narrator, told us about the early people of Mesa Verde and the subsequent people, as well as theories regarding the settlement's abandonment. Additionally, Dave talked about the geology of the area and where to stop and hike. We loved the narration so much that we purchased the audio tour for our next stop, Arches National Park. Highly recommend!!


Extremely well done and very informative! Will look for other times to use this format. Very easy to use.


My wife and I had the greatest time listening to the narrative presented by Viator. We drove Mesa Verde for two whole days, had two guided tours, and learned so much about the historic site. Thank you so much for making our vacation. Something we will never forget!


The history was particularly appealing. The gps way points were spot on. Excellent presentation. Great guide.


This tour started when we left Durango, it was a nice intro. In the park the tour was ver informative, and gave lots of interesting information about the various sights, where to park and times. Would definitely use Viator again !!
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