This strenuous 2-hour, 3-mile (4.8km) round-trip hike leads to a rarely visited cliff dwelling. Built about 1150 A.D., this late-period site was home to approximately 80 to 100 people.
Days: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Dates: May 27 to September 2, 2012
• Tour is limited to 10 people.
• Meet at the Wetherill Mesa Kiosk at 10:00 am. From the park entrance to the Wetherill Kiosk is 27 miles (43.5km) and takes an hour to an hour and a half.
For your convenience bottled water is available at Far View Terrace, Far View Lodge and Morefield Camp Store.
Trail Conditions This hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 100 ft (30m), and includes steep drop-offs, switchbacks, and scrambling up and down boulders. Your Health Consider your physical health before joining a hike. Hiking is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory history, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134m and 2286m) above sea level.
Water Bring a minimum of 1/2 gallon (1.8 liters) of water per person.
What to Bring Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. Sunscreen and rain gear are suggested. A camera and binoculars will make the hike more enjoyable. DO NOT BRING food or snacks. Archeological sites are vulnerable to damage caused by rodents attracted to crumbs and dropped snacks.
Kids This hike may not be appropriate for young children. Each hiker must be able to scramble over boulders and navigate steep gravel trails unassisted. Children in backpacks are not allowed due to the steep trails and uneven terrain.
Rain or Shine The weather is variable. It’s possible to begin in full sun and end with a thunderstorm. Plan for all weather conditions.
Judgment Your safety depends on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention. Don’t ruin your vacation by having an accident. Your safety is your responsibility.
*If you arrive unprepared, the Ranger has the authority to turn you away with no refund.*
We will follow “Leave No Trace/Pack it in, Pack it out” policy.
The National Park Service will be managing the ticket sales for these special hikes through www.recreation.gov.