Balcony House
Balcony House
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  • Avery F
    Phoenix, Arizona33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    What an amazing thing to be able to enter in! The site was great and learned new information that I didn’t know previously! The hardest part of the tour is actually at the end which is climbing up the rock. Only thing I wished was that our tour guide from Detroit Michigan should open up his eyes when he speaks.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Rose S
    Albany, New York6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made it!
    I am claustrophobic and a plus-sized woman, and I was really nervous about the tunnel at the end of this tour. I am writing this review to give folks information that could be helpful. I am 5' 7" and 240 lbs. I got through the tunnel pretty quickly. I felt slightly stuck during the first half, but was able to propel myself through without a problem. It opens up in the middle before getting narrow again, which helps. Also, I was able to get through on my hands and knees... I didn't have to try to go through sideways. The test tunnel at the visitor's center near the park entrance was a good indicator of what the actual tunnel was like, even if it was smoother than the actual tunnel. Since it's so hard to get tickets, I would suggest you do what I did: log on the second tickets go on sale (two weeks before, I think) buy them, and try out the test tunnel at the visitor's center. If you decide not to go at that point, there will be someone at the center without a ticket that would be happy to use it instead. It's only $8, so it could be worth a shot! I felt elated afterwards that I made it through and overcame my fears. Happy exploring!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • carlotaTravel4fun
    631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time.
    This is an amazing tour that we almost passed up because of all the warnings about the tall ladder to climb and narrow tunnel you had crawl through at the end. We decided to give it a try, and I am so glad we did. Yes, you do need to be ready to log in at recreation.gov and buy your tickets quickly. I am not very good at a lot of technical computer gymnastics and had never bought tickets on-line before, but I was able to land a pair of tickets for this tour. Be flexible with your time, and you should be able to get tickets. One thing to know, you must set up an account on the website before you can buy tickets, so do that before the day you are able to login to buy the actual tickets. I did a couple of practice runs before the day we purchased the tickets. The infamous ladder is actually double wide so two people can climb up at a time. The tunnel at the end of the tour I was able to duck-walk through all but the very beginning and end. The tour was very informative and I would highly recommend signing up for it if you can. As many have said, there is also an overlook at Soda Canyon Trail where you can take in a great view of the dwellings. Also, down the road are more ruins that you can walk through at Far View Sites (see reviews on this site).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Morgan C
    Fullerton, California248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and Memorable
    Well worth the effort to reserve a ranger guided tour. The tour involves a lot of steps, first down and then up, climbing up ladders, and crawling through a short tunnel. Just enough to make the tour memorable and fun. The ladders do get really hot to the touch so if you have sensitive hands, bring some gloves. Of course, Balcony House itself is the star, but the journey to and from makes it more memorable than the equally fascinating Cliff Palace tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Brian B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Place and Exciting Climb!
    Balcony House is amazing! Incredible cliff dwelling coupled with a slight fear of death from the ladders! We also did Cliff Palace, but I felt this was much more exciting for the kids and teens, although Cliff Palce is also well worth it because of how awesome the structures are. I was worried about the tunnel but that's no big deal. And it opens up wide in the middle, so you really just have to slide through like 2-3 feet on each end. We all agreed the ladders were more scary, especially if you have even a slight fear of heights. Book tickets in advance- Balcony House is an awesome tour and experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Lisa P
    Westminster, Maryland138 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good cliff dwelling tour
    Due to a neurological disorder and poor balance, I needed to find a tour of a cliff dwelling that I could do. This tour had a hand rail all the way down and while the ladders were a bit challenging, I took them slowly and the rangers were very encouraging and patient. This was a good tour and the cliff dwelling was so fascinating. Make sure to get tickets when they go on sale rather than waiting until you arrive at the park.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Bugqueen
    Burnaby, Canada1,209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable!
    We booked the ranger led tour for 9am...Jorden was our guide. He was awesome, really made the tour feel personal! Balcony House was amazing and if your going all that way you need to do it up close and personel! Thanks Jorden for making it special!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Sharman S
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating experience
    Incredible intro to the National Park. Scheduled Ranger led, not assisted,tour in the morning. Recommend AM as it is East facing and the sunlight on the dwelllings helped illuminate the entire area. Fascinating and explorative tour of an 800 year old strucure and community. Ranger was necessary to really understand the culture and habitat of the ancestral Pueblans. Definitely need to plan trip and times as the tours fillquickly
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Sharman S
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Incredible intro to the National Park. Scheduled Ranger led, not assisted,tour in the morning. Recommend AM as it is East facing and the sunlight on the dwelllings helped illuminate the entire area. Fascinating and explorative tour of an 800 year old strucure and community. Ranger was necessary to really understand the culture and habitat of the ancestral Pueblans. Definitely need to plan trip and times as the tours fillquickly
Written September 30, 2023
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Rose S
Albany, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I am claustrophobic and a plus-sized woman, and I was really nervous about the tunnel at the end of this tour. I am writing this review to give folks information that could be helpful. I am 5' 7" and 240 lbs. I got through the tunnel pretty quickly. I felt slightly stuck during the first half, but was able to propel myself through without a problem. It opens up in the middle before getting narrow again, which helps. Also, I was able to get through on my hands and knees... I didn't have to try to go through sideways. The test tunnel at the visitor's center near the park entrance was a good indicator of what the actual tunnel was like, even if it was smoother than the actual tunnel. Since it's so hard to get tickets, I would suggest you do what I did: log on the second tickets go on sale (two weeks before, I think) buy them, and try out the test tunnel at the visitor's center. If you decide not to go at that point, there will be someone at the center without a ticket that would be happy to use it instead. It's only $8, so it could be worth a shot! I felt elated afterwards that I made it through and overcame my fears. Happy exploring!
Written July 7, 2023
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Avery F
Phoenix, AZ33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
What an amazing thing to be able to enter in! The site was great and learned new information that I didn’t know previously! The hardest part of the tour is actually at the end which is climbing up the rock. Only thing I wished was that our tour guide from Detroit Michigan should open up his eyes when he speaks.
Written June 26, 2023
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Songbird865
Pueblo, CO485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
There is some uneven terrain, ladders and a short crawl but not overly difficult. The crawl area is short but narrow so someone extremely wide in the hips would not make it thru. Both my knees are replaced and I had no difficulty walking or crawling. If you plan to do this tour get onto the reservation site at 8am MT 14 days before you planned date. Our ranger guide Rachel was fantastic. We had her the day before as well for the long house tour.
Written October 30, 2022
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Lisa P
Westminster, MD138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Due to a neurological disorder and poor balance, I needed to find a tour of a cliff dwelling that I could do. This tour had a hand rail all the way down and while the ladders were a bit challenging, I took them slowly and the rangers were very encouraging and patient. This was a good tour and the cliff dwelling was so fascinating. Make sure to get tickets when they go on sale rather than waiting until you arrive at the park.
Written September 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brian B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Balcony House is amazing! Incredible cliff dwelling coupled with a slight fear of death from the ladders! We also did Cliff Palace, but I felt this was much more exciting for the kids and teens, although Cliff Palce is also well worth it because of how awesome the structures are.

I was worried about the tunnel but that's no big deal. And it opens up wide in the middle, so you really just have to slide through like 2-3 feet on each end. We all agreed the ladders were more scary, especially if you have even a slight fear of heights.

Book tickets in advance- Balcony House is an awesome tour and experience!
Written August 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Morgan C
Fullerton, CA248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Well worth the effort to reserve a ranger guided tour. The tour involves a lot of steps, first down and then up, climbing up ladders, and crawling through a short tunnel. Just enough to make the tour memorable and fun. The ladders do get really hot to the touch so if you have sensitive hands, bring some gloves. Of course, Balcony House itself is the star, but the journey to and from makes it more memorable than the equally fascinating Cliff Palace tour.
Written August 6, 2023
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JaySt
Baton Rouge27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I really enjoyed this. You have to get tickets at the visitor center. It was four dollars each. You have to climb three ladders about 10-15 feet in height and pretty steep. Also, you have to crawl through a tunnel about five feet long. If you have compromised knees you may want to pass. The tunnel is not long but the floor is solid rock, and you can only fit through by crawling. OK, that's the fun part. The interesting part is the presentation by the Ranger. Very interesting and about 20 minutes long. If I ever get back to Mesa Verde I will be doing this again.
Written April 6, 2020
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Bugqueen
Burnaby, Canada1,209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We booked the ranger led tour for 9am...Jorden was our guide. He was awesome, really made the tour feel personal! Balcony House was amazing and if your going all that way you need to do it up close and personel! Thanks Jorden for making it special!
Written September 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This may be the hardest ticket to get in the NPS. We were unsuccessful; however, we were still able to see Balcony House from the Soda Canyon overlook. Go in the morning and the sun will still be good on the ruins and you get as good of view as you can from the overlook. The ruins themselves appear much smaller than either Cliff Palace or Long House. Other than a difficult ticket, I don't see the allure of this ruin.
Written November 15, 2022
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