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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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A Bit of Climbing But Worth it!

With much trepidation, we did this tour with our two kids, one of whom is afraid of heights. Ranger Ted's presentation was so interesting that she forgot to be afraid. There was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

With much trepidation, we did this tour with our two kids, one of whom is afraid of heights. Ranger Ted's presentation was so interesting that she forgot to be afraid. There was a young mom with a baby in a front pouch who did just fine as well. It is somewhat strenuous, so if you are not used to the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Had a great visit with our 5 & 8 yr old boys! Be ready to climb! Our Ranger was just top rate. A wonderful teacher!

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Flemington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This unique ranger tour of the such well preserved dwelling was a highlight of our trip to Mesa Verde. The perfectly preserved balcony (including 800 year old tree bark!) is truly a treasure. I'd highly recommend adding this tour to your list. This tour includes 100+ feet of steps down to the Balcony House and then several large wooden ladders... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome experience and a little thrilling to boot! If you don't like hikes and ladders, don't come here. But if you like adventure and learning, then give it a go.

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Katy Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Guided tour for just an extra $4.00 per person was well worth it! We got to the park very early and got tickets to both Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Our park ranger was very informative and it was fun climbing back up to the top. If you are not afraid of heights, it isn't bad. We actually had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This tour was the most strenuous of the three. It was very worth it, but if you have even mild issues with tight spaces or heights it will be a bit scary. It starts with a walk to the ladder. The ladder that takes you into the dwelling is wide enough for two and 32 feet tall. The kids (7&10)... More 

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Dewey, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Balcony House is an amazing site in Mesa Verde! This is a ranger-guided tour that lasts about an hour. Purchase your tickets ahead of time at the entrance visitor center or at one of several other sites in the park or Cortez. Cost is $4 per person. You must be able to climb many steps, 32' rough log ladders, and... More 

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Wonderful experience, our guide was great. climbing the tall ladder was quite scary, but the view was great. Glad I experienced this.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

While this tour is not for the faint hearted, or out-of-shape person, this is the best ranger guided tour offered at Mesa Verde. Balcony House is one of the best preserved and most hard to-get-to ruins, therefore making it a bit challenging (but exciting) to get to. Please take heed at the ranger's caution to only do this tour (and... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

You will not regret any of the tours unless you are afraid of heights or unable to climb and squeeze through small areas. Be considerate of those around you. If you know you are slow consider going last. The view are amazing, the experience is awesome!!

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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Mesa Verde National Park

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