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Balcony House

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

You'll climb ladders and crawl through a tunnel to visit this small cliff dwelling on a ranger-led tour. If you don't like heights or small spaces you might reconsider this tour. Ranger-led tours are the only way to visit this cliff dwelling. Buy your tickets at the entrance in the Visitor and Research Center. $3/each.

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cary, nc
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10 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

One of the best experiences - a 'bucket list' trip was to go to Mesa Verde and see the houses. We went early in the season and we lucky to see all the houses. I understand it is packed in high season, therefore I recommend the April/May. Great park service guides. The ladders at balcony house are a bit scary,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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48 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

this was definitely my favorite. there's a ladder you have to climb and a thing you have to crawl through. it was my favorite because of those obstacles. but the whole area is amazing too. and you get a lot of history about everything. i loved it!

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Portland, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I really wanted to go to Balcony House, but with my bad knees and fear of heights, I was concerned. But I did it and it was a highlight. The tunnel problem was solved by my husband who purchased (and carried) some inexpensive knee pads from Home Depot. The crawl through the tunnel was painless that way. As for the... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Everyone touts Cliff Palace, Spruce Tree and Long House for good reason but Balcony House is not to be missed. You have to be a bit more adventurous to tackle the ladder climbs in and out. . .and the short tunnel on all fours adds to the adventure. The views are great, watch for the "balcony" and look for the... More

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Kingston, TN
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Mesa Verde is incredible with all the cliff dwellings to see. But the only way to see the largest cliff dwellings, Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Long House, are by a ranger-led $3/per person tour. We scheduled a Tuesday 9:00 a.m. (First Tour of the Day) tour of Balcony House and on the same day a 12:00 tour of Cliff... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

So this was the challenging dwelling. If you have problems with stairs or crawling don't go because your legs get a workout! 32' ladder to start and 2 go at a time. The dwelling it's self was small but the information our Ranger gave was fascinating. You then walk thru a crevasse in the cliff, crawl thru a tunnel which... More

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Melbourne - Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

The cost of purchasing your tour ticket is $3, the tour lasts an hour and is guided by a Ranger. So so interesting learning the history of the ancient Pueblo people and their cliff dwellings. Be prepared to climb some ladders. Excellent tour

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Galveston, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Were thrilled at how adventurous and involved this tour was. Small cost for a fun tour. If you have a choice between Balcony House and Cliff Palace I'd try this one, it's much different. You actually get to walk around inside this one as opposed to taking pictures from in front. The guide was really good and it was just... More

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Ware, Hertfordshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Very interesting thanks to Ranger Marianna. Very informative talk about the history and lifestyle of the inhabitants. Don't be scared by the long ladder and tunnel squeeze exit.

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