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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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Pueblo CO
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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291 reviews 291 reviews
77 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Not as large as the Cliff Palace, but just as amazing. Be ready for lots of ladders and even crawling for a distance through a narrow tunnel (so do a reality check on your health before signing up). the narrow tunnel gives you that extra appreciation for the lives of the ancient pueblonians as this was their only entrance/exit. The... More

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Tampa, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

What an absolutely amazing and incredible place to visit! We had such a wonderful time on our visit and we hope to go back very very soon!

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Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Love this place. So interesting and the Park Ranger was very nice and informative. You do have to climb some steep ladders and go through a tight tunnel which is fun, but if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is another must see at Mesa Verde. The only catch being that you need to be physically/mentally able to climb a couple 30 foot ladders and climb up a fairly steep stairway. You also will crawl through a pretty narrow tunnel so if you're unable to do crawl on your hands and knees for a short distance this isn't... More

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boston, ma
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had a great ranger as our tour guide. strenuous and a bit scary for some. have to climb lots of ladders, and the area by the cliff dwellings are pretty steep and not well protected to prevent fallings. a great interesting place to start, makes all the other tours a breeze.

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