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Balcony House

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado Plateau, Colorado

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  • Beautiful Balcony House.- Balcony House
  • Beginning of the Balcony House Trail.- Balcony House
  • Ranger talk at the top of the canyon.- Balcony House
  • View of some of the stairs leading down to the ledge.- Balcony House
  • The big ladder is well-secured but a bit shakey!- Balcony House
  • This view shows three of the wooden and plaster balconies.- Balcony House
  • The ruin is small, but it gives a great sense of the daily life on the site.- Balcony House
  • The residents had a great veiw!- Balcony House
  • The only exit is through a narrow stone passageway.- Balcony House
  • Best not to look down from the final exit ladder!- Balcony House
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Pros: 
A bit physically challenging. Very beautiful, intimate ruin.
Cons: 
Not for people with an extreme fear of heights or enclosed spaces.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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On the fun-factor scale, Balcony House on Chapin Mesa in Mesa Verde rates at or near the top of all the sites in the park. It is not for very young children or people who cannot negotiate or would be afraid of narrow passages and tall ladders. But for those who dare, it is an excellent ruin to visit. Specifically, the ranger-guided tour descends a 100-foot metal staircase perched on the side of a cliff, climbs a 31-foot wooden ladder up to a stone ledge, crawls through an 18-inch-wide, 12-foot-long dark stone tunnel, and climbs more ladders and stone steps up a steep slope.  None of it is dangerous, but it would be difficult to accomplish holding a small child.  

The ruin is a medium-sized one that has about 40 rooms. There are the unique balcony structures (which give the ruin it's name) and some picturesque wooden structural poles, but the big feature of this one-hour tour is that it is a bit of an obstacle course and particularly good for older children. 

Note: tours are offered every half hour during the summer, and tickets must be purchased up to two days in advance from the visitor center, museum, or Morefield Ranger Station. This site is closed in the winter.

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