We almost fell for it and took the guided bus tour, even though we drove to Mesa Verde and stayed at the campground. I'm glad we didn't. All the sites were easy to access. Tour tickets were available at the Visitor Center. The bus tour is not necessary and quite pricey.
Fun Alternatives: Just drive to the various sites. They are easy to find.
During most of the guided tours, the National Park Service Personnel will try to pick out the person who seems most interested in learning or is very vocal during the time they are sitting at the overlook waiting to go down the hill. In our tour, Sandy was chosen as the vocal one, and therefore she became the eligible bachelorette that taught us how Indian women of that time would prepare themselves for marriage. In this case, Sandy was required to make a fine corn flour for her future mother-in-law to taste to prove she is worthy of her son's hand in marriage.
Sandy spent a little time grinding some corn before it was time for the test.
Unique Suggestions: If you want to avoid being the example on the tour, it is best to ask your questions after the tour volunteers have been picked.
Un-maintenanced roads and overlooks. I was disappointed when we took the long drive to the other side of this park.
Unique Suggestions: If you have time left over and don't mind the long drive over to Wetherill Mesa...go ahead and check it out.
Fun Alternatives: I suggest that you hit the main part of the park before driving over to the Wetherill Mesa side.