If you have only a day to spend at the park, stop first at the Far View Visitor Center to buy tickets for a late-afternoon tour of Cliff Palace or Balcony House -- visitors are not allowed to tour both on the same day. Then travel to the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum for a look at the history behind the sites you're about to see. From there, walk down the trail behind the museum to Spruce Tree House. Lunch at Spruce Tree Terrace, and then take the Mesa Top Loop Road. Cap your day with the guided tour. If time permits, you may wish to stop at Far View Sites on your way out of the park.

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