Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park

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Join an intimate ranger-guided tour and explore Balcony House, the 13th-century cliff dwelling built by the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. Be prepared to climb ladders, crawl through tunnels, and descend into a canyon via a 30 m (100 ft) long staircase. The archeological site was first discovered by a group of entrepreneurs in 1884, but nearly 30 years passed before the archeologist Jesse Nusbaum excavated this mid-sized dwelling with 40 rooms in 1910. The one-hour tour is somewhat physically challenging and if you suffer from claustrophobia or fear of heights, you might want to skip it. Put Balcony House on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mesa Verde National Park travel website.
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  • We stopped at this pull off thinking we were getting a view from across the canyon. There was more than generous parking & a large, long shelter with benches. No. You can't see anything BECAUSE...  more »
  • We viewed this from the road side point. The view is close a good pair of binoculars will help you appreciate the complexity of the design and construction of the site.  more »
  • Amazing. If heights aren't your thing, my suggestion is to put that fear aside or just push right through it. There are a few ladders to climb, but if you follow the ranger's suggestions, you'll be fine. This place is really beautiful, and you need to see it!
  • Had a tour from Ranger Faith who was so enthusiastic, charismatic and AMAZING. Honestly, the best National Park tour I’ve had all summer (out of 7 parks!). I prefer this tour over Cliff Palace since we could get closer to the sites (seep spring, kivas, storage rooms, etc) and the climbing/tunnels were fun.
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