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“My Favorite Ruin at Mesa Verde Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Balcony House
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Bayfield, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“My Favorite Ruin at Mesa Verde Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

By far this is the most spectacular of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. It sits in a cave hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. You will need to climb a 32 foot ladder to get into the ruin, but it's a very, very sturdy ladder and the guide will be there to assure your safety! This is a guided tour, so you'll need to stop at the visitor's center to organize the time and to pay the $3.00 per person. It's well worth the view, the learning and the memories. The challenge of climbing out of the cave will be safe, but memorable. It requires only that you are healthy enough to climb the ladder and to climb up some steep stairs on the way out. I see many senior citizens and 4-5 year olds do this tour!

Visited November 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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“Fascinating to see this ancient dwelling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Amazing that the foot holds in the side of the cliff were used to access this dwelling. For photos and more details check out my blog post:
http://samsplayground.com/mesa-verde-national-park/

Visited July 2011
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Bergenfield, NJ, USA
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Views and access were great.It is an amazing place and not too strenous.Great history and being outdoors.The park guides were helpful.This park is not to be missed.

Visited May 2011
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Durango, Colorado
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“Unique Cliff Dwelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

You must take a hike or a tour to see this dwelling. It is unique because there are two sections to it. To get from one to the other you must "crawl" through a 12 foot tunner. Kids love it.

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Doylestown, Ohio
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“Fascinating tour of a 13th Century mini city, the best site at Mesa Verde.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Photos and marketing for Mesa Verde seem to focus on Cliff Palace, which is the largest site at the park, however the Balcony House site not only offers a tremendously persevered and restored site but one that is really fun to travel to and from. You enter the site by means of a large and sturdy 32 foot ladder, which is double wide and allows you to travel next to your partner providing added security for those intimidated by height. Once you reach the site, you are amazed at how advanced the builders of this mini city were. After the short narration offered by the park ranger you are able to walk around and explore the site entering in and behind the rooms at the site. At the completion of the tour you are treated to traveling though two small corridors or tunnels. No one on our tour even came close to getting stuck, but if you are claustrophobic or terrified of heights you may want to stick with the Cliff Palace or Long House, which are much less strenuous to access. If you are up to a little challenge the Balcony House site should be the first on your list to visit. Tickets, which are required to tour three of the major sites at Mesa Verde, can be purchased at the park or in the nearby city of Cortez at the Colorado Visitors Center. You can purchase your tickets for various tour times offered during the day up to two days in advance, which is great if you are traveling through Cortez or staying in Cortez while visiting Mesa Verde. Securing tickets for your trip in advance helps insure you can visit these tremendous museums, especially during peak visiting times when tickets are limited. Balcony House is about a 30 minute drive from the visitors center, so plan your day accordingly. The tickets are only $3 each and well worth it.

Visited August 2011
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