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“Awesome - Do several tours if time allows”
Review of Balcony House

Balcony House
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$149.00*
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Mesa Verde National Park Tour
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Reviewed June 18, 2009

I was a little nervous about the 32-foot ladder and the tight tunnels, but when we actually got there, it was really fun and not a big deal at all. The ladders are super sturdy and bolted down very well. There are good hand-holds at the top so it's very easy to step off the ladder. (This is true of all the tours.) The rangers are super at giving background information and answering questions. They truly make the tours top-notch.

They suggest bringing water with you on the hike, but unless you have a strap on it or a backpack to carry it in, it may be a little akward carrying it and climbing the ladders at the same time. We went in June and had beautiful weather, so the water wasn't an issue while we hiked, but we were very happy to have it in the car when we were done with the tour. They ask that you don't bring sugered drinks or any type of food on the tours because of the possiblity of the attraction of insects and small critters that can damage the site.

There are sorta-potties (room with a locking door, seat over a big hole in the ground, no running water) at each of the tour parking areas, so you may want to take care of your business at the ticket area or the area where the Chapin Mesa Museum and Spruce Tree House are.

We had lunch at the Spruce Tree Terrace just across from the museum. Counter type service: hamburgers, hot dogs, etc., but if you want a true taste of the area, try the Navajo Taco...yum!

We made it easily within less than half an hour to our second tour at Cliff House (the Ticket lady said we'd need an hour) and asked if we could join the earlier tour. They do have a limit on the number they can take, but this one wasn't full so we were allowed to join that group. It never hurts to ask.

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Reviewed August 24, 2006

Balcony House is the best of the 3 main ruins (Spruce Tree, Cliff House & Balcony House). This is the hardest one to reach. Be prepared to climb several ladders and crawl through a tunnel. But this is the best because of the intimate nature of the ruins. You can get right up inside the building remains. It's the smallest of the 3, but the most fascinating. You are really there in the middle of it. As with any of the ruins that require tickets, get to the visitors center either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the lines and crowds. This is best accomplished by staying overnight in the park at Far View Lodge. Have a great dinner at Metate in the lodge.

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