Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

Don't miss a thing as GyPSy Guide Audio Driving Tour takes you on an incredible self-guided journey through the first US National Park created to preserve archeological and cultural sites.

Along the way, you'll be guided to all of the famous highlights as well as lessor known gems including North America's largest cliff dwelling and the park's highest 360 degree viewpoint.

Download and discover more on your road trip with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, local tips, and directions that play automatically along the drive.

You'll have the freedom to explore offline at your own pace. Spend more time at places that interest you, and bypass any that don’t.

✅ Stories, tips and directions play automatically based on your location
✅ Travel at your own pace
✅ Tour offline using GPS, no cell service or WiFi needed
✅ Suggested itineraries for half, full or multi day use
✅ No time limits or expiry, free updates

Purchase one tour per vehicle.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330-0008

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Montezuma Valley Overlook Trail, Colorado 81328, USA

Mesa Verde is most famous for its cliff dwellings and rich archeological sites, but its elevated mesa-top setting also means we get to enjoy some fantastic views in every direction.

Though its naming is factually incorrect, the Montezuma Valley Overlook reveals a landscape where we can see as far as 100 miles away. This view is also significant because it shares the locations of other significant pueblo sites in the valley below.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Park Point Overlook Trail, Colorado 81328, USA

There are many worthwhile scenic views throughout Mesa Verde, but this one must rank as the best. A full 360 degrees of viewing can be enjoyed from this highest, easily-accessible point in the park.

On a clear day you should be able to see into each of the Four Corners states, as well as numerous mountain ranges and specific geological features such as Shiprock.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Square Tower House, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Step House, Wetherill Mesa Rd, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sun Temple, Mesa Top Loop Road, Mesa (Mesa County), CO 81330

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!

Duration: 30 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Please follow current State and local guidelines."

Hora de Inicio: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park
3/1/2022 - 12/27/2023
Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Duración: 4 To 12 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: Cortez, CO 81321, USA

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • App & Mesa Verde National Park Tour
  • Email, chat and call support
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace
  • Stories, tips and directions that play automatically based on your location
  • In-app travel tips, tour planning advice and suggested itineraries
  • Ability to design your own itinerary based on your time and interests

No Incluye

  • National Park (Car & Bicycle - Winter/$15, Summer/$25, Bus - Winter/$10, Summer/$15)
  • Ranger-led tours
  • Entry/Admission - Balcony House
  • Entry/Admission - Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Cliff Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Spruce Tree House
  • Entry/Admission - Square Tower House
  • Entry/Admission - Step House
  • Entry/Admission - Sun Temple


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