Balcony House Educational Tours
The majority of the park is self-guided. However, subject to availability and staffing, Mesa Verde National Park is able to offer a 1- 1/2 hour, curriculum-based, ranger-guided tour of Balcony House, at no cost for 3rd to 12th grade educational groups. Group size - 10 students minimum to 30 students maximum per tour. Each tour must have at least one (and no more than three) adult for every ten students.
The Balcony House tour is an adventurous cliff dwelling tour that involves climbing a 32 ft. ladder, crawling through a 12ft.-long tunnel, and climbing up a 60ft (20m) open rock face with two 10ft (3m) ladders to exit the site.
Programs are available April to mid-May, and September to mid-October. If you are planning an educational visit to the park during these times, and would like to request a tour, please contact the education coordinator at (970) 529-5079.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.