• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Balcony House Tour

First courtyard in Balcony House
Balcony House
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32 foot ladder into Balcony House

32 foot ladder into Balcony House

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The one-hour Balcony House tour is one of the most intimate yet adventurous tours at Mesa Verde. A visit to Balcony House will challenge your fear of ladders, heights, and small spaces, and will give you the opportunity to explore the common areas of a mid-sized, 40-room dwelling.

The Balcony House tour requires visitors to descend a 100 foot staircase into the canyon; climb a 32 foot ladder; crawl through a 12 foot, 18 inches wide tunnel; and clamber up an additional 60 feet on ladders and stone steps.

Once you purchase your tickets, drive to the Balcony House parking lot, and meet the ranger at the benches under the shade ramada for your scheduled tour.

 

The Balcony House tour is strenuous due to the elevation and physical exertion required to visit the dwelling. The tour is not recommended for anyone with heart or respiratory problems. Balcony House, like all of the cliff dwellings, is located at approximately 7,000 feet elevation and involves strenuous physical activity.

Did You Know?

A view from Park Point overlook

Park Point, the highest elevation in the park (8427 ft/2569 m), has a 360 degree panoramic view that is considered one of the grandest in the country.