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Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park
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  • We were able to visit with our three boys of 6, 10 and 12 years. No worries for them, for a little harder MOM... but it's worth it to force a little. However, it is for everyone to know what is possible to do (1 scale initially and 2 ladders to the output). We recommend that Balcony House before Cliff Palace. The visit lasted a little over 1 hour. Beware, the rule is: first to arrive at the visitor center-first served. We arrived in early afternoon (1:30) and there were only 8 places for Balcony House at 17:00. On the other hand, we were able to book places for Cliff Palace the next day morning.
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  • This is a ranger led tour and you have to get tickets ahead of time. Tickets are sold up to two days before, but only in person when you are at the park. It's well worth it. You actually get down to t...  more »
  • Our family recently visited Mesa Verde National Park in early October and was fortunate enough to be able to tour Balcony House. We got our tickets the day we entered the park and there were many diff...  more »
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  • An intimate tour of an ancient cliff dwelling - fascinating This is a ranger led tour and you have to get tickets ahead of time. Tickets are sold up to two days before, but only in person when you are at the park. It's well worth it. You actually get down to the dwelling and walk in places where people lived 1000 years ago. It's amazing how they built the place. The ranger was very informative on the subtle things like the advantages this type of shelter provides the ancient Indians who built and lived there for hundreds of years. It feels surreal when you imagine how people lived, farmed, cared for their family in these cliff dwellings. The cost is $4 per person -- one of the best deals around. You do have to climb two ladders, one of them is 36 feet long -- that is about 3 stories. A tip: when you climb, don't look down. Just look up and put one foot in front of the other up the rungs of the ladder and you will be fine. It's a double ladder so if you need encouragement, have a buddy climb with you side by side. Be careful with little children because while it is "safe", you are on a cliff.
  • Well preserved and maintained site, very well discussed and described by the Park's ranger guides. Probably about as close as we'll get to a real look at the lives of the Pueblo people. By tour only.
  • The views are stunning from this ruin, and the climb out is great!
  • I went on the balcony House which is the scariest if you don't like heights but it was so beautiful - worth the fear for me!
  • Wonderful! Impressive. Mesa Verde is a real great park to visit!!!!