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Balcony House

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Victoria, Canada
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161 reviews 161 reviews
83 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This wasn't the best looking site from a panoramic perspective, but definitely involves the most interesting trip to and back and has a somewhat more closed off, private feel to it. If you could only do one ranger guided tour, I would pick this one. I am not comfortable with heights or tight spaces, but have learned to deal with... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Highly recommended to take this ranger-led tour,and it is the only way to see the Balcony House up close. Ranger doing lecture about the structure and ancient history was great, very knowledgeable. Somewhat strenuous in activity. There were several ladders to climb, the highest being 32 feet. Very much worth the effort.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Well worth the ticket price. Fun to be able to climb the ladders into the dwelling. Although it was a fairly large group (40ish folks) it was unhurried with plenty of time to explore and photograph. I'm generally afraid of open heights so this was a test for me and I really enjoyed it.

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Balcony house is one of the places in Mesa Verde where you have to take a tour to visit, this can be arranged at the visitor center. You may not be able to do multiple tours if you come during the peak tourist season, due to limited availability. After a short walk down, you will have to ascend a big... More

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Alameda, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Kim strum - Tour Guide was awesome, explained everything in advance and even made sure to tell the group that this was somewhat strenuous as we had to climb 2 ladders was was fun :) overall great info about the Native American history - squeezing through 2 small tunnels was interesting as well

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Pueblo CO
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Balcony house is considered the most strenuous of the Mesa Verde tours. Two middle aged parents managed to keep up with a teen and a five year old and it was enjoyed by all. We were lucky to see some wild turkeys and spot some of the park's feral horses close by. Look for the Navajo Fry Bread stand just... More

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Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Really interesting and fun tour. This tour is not a typical walking tour. It requires climbing ladders and crawling through a narrow tunnel. It also has steep drop offs and narrow trails. If you are afraid of heights or enclosed areas, this may not be the tour for you. I was concerned about crawling through an 18 inch wide, 12... More

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Connecticut
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295 reviews 295 reviews
77 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Love this tour. Climbing through tunnels, up ladders, scaling cliff walls......what is not to love.? Highly recommended!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Three of my family are fine with heights, two of us (me and my son) are not. The climbs are quite scary if you are afraid of heights. We just looked forward and kept moving up step by step. We obviously survived so all is fine. This is an impressive dwelling, really glad we did it.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a adventurous one hour tour that really took me out of my comfort zone. Being afraid of heights and knowing that I had to climb ladders (one is 32 feet), I was a bit worried to say the least. I almost told my husband to go without me, but he convinced me I would be fine. And...I did... More

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