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Balcony House

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Address: , Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705294465
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Excellent cliff dwellings

This is a site with a smaller number of cliff dwellings than Cliff Palace. It is nonetheless an interesting one. There are stairs involved as well as a short low-ceilinged... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a site with a smaller number of cliff dwellings than Cliff Palace. It is nonetheless an interesting one. There are stairs involved as well as a short low-ceilinged passageway. The three best sites are apparently Cliff palace, this one and Step House.

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salt lake city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A brilliant tour. It staggers the imagination how this was constructed. Don't be intimidated... My spouse is afraid of heights, but had no problems and loved every minute. However, if you're claustrophobic, you may want to reconsider. Otherwise, lots of fun - not to be missed.

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Thornton-le-Moor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I only went to the viewing point as to visit the site you have to book in advance. Steep steps down and a narrow ladder in crevice to get back out - beware.

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Sibrina Czech republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We took a first morning tour and it was really absolutely perfect. Our guide was very informative and explained us all about Puebloan people.This tour is recomended for people who are not afraid of heights because you have to climb the 10 meter high ladder and the others one on the end of a tour.You also have to pass the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We had a terrific guide that was informative of the Ancestral Puebloan people. This tour is somewhat strenuous. It includes climbing a 42 foot ladder as well as another couple ladders that were 20+ feet. To complete the tour you also had to pass through a tunnel that was ~18 inches wide by 3 feet tall and another stretch 18... More 

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Fenton, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived at the Visitor Center around 2 pm after spending the morning in Arches National Park. Since it was a weekend, we were worried there wouldn't be any tour tickets left. Much to our surprise, there were plenty of tickets available for anything from 2:30 to the end of the day. Based on the advice of the man behind... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We saw spruce tree house first, which is a self-guided tour. Then we toured the balcony house with a guide and it was very adventurous. You had to climb up a 32 foot wooden ladder and through a tunnel in the house. Finally we toured the cliff palace with a guide. That was the perfect order to take it all... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I was stressed about getting tickets to this. We arrived at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez at around 9:15 a.m., and they had lots of tickets available starting at 11 a.m. The Welcome Center is only about 20 minutes from the park entrance, but Balcony House is about a 45 minute drive into the park. 32 foot ladder is... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The most physically challenging of all the cliff dwellings, the rangers will do their best to make the trek sound scary. It is - sort of. But the tunnel you crawl through is short and you can see through from beginning to end. The three ladders are tough for people with acrophobia, but doable with a little self-coaching. We've done... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This tour was awesome. Ranger Dave was so informative. The tour was a bit strenuous, tall ladders and a small tunnel to crawl thru, but I was so impress. We all learned alot!

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