Adventurer | 461 pts
If you are looking to do lots of trails, this is not the place...there are a couple of good ones (not: backcountry hiking is not permitted)...so all is not lost, but the main attractions here are the ruins. And the ruins are great! Also note, if you are looking for hikes, there are tons outside the park...may want to check w/rangers & native am reservations...they can advise where some lesser known ruins are too. Highly recommend the park ranger tours to Cliff Palace & Balcony House. Amazing to actually go in / around the ruins rather than viewing from above (and this is the only way to see BH). Note: You have to climb ladders...not for physically challenged or someone w/heath probs...also not greatest for someone deathly afraid of heights (if a little, still go...a friend did & made it just fine...well worth it!). Was not as excited about Aramark tour...informative, but not as interactive with this sites. Summer is crowd season...must get tickets at visitor center & lines can grow quite lengthy. We just missed by coming right before Mem Day crowds; however, only main mesa was open for use (other...can't remember name...with Long House) wasn't..."Late May" apparently meant May 28th. ;-) Great place for kids. Different kind of nat'l park...more people / culture oriented than geology or vegetation oriented. Definitely take the hikes on the mesa...one gets you down into the canyon...very cool hike!