Balcony House Educational Tours

Various images of the Balcony House tour including ladder, tunnel, and courtyards.
Left: Visitors entering Balcony House via 32 ft. ladder. Top middle: North Courtyard. Top right: Exit ladder and stone steps. Bottom middle: Looking back at the Kiva Courtyard. Bottom right: Exit tunnel.

Educational Tours of Balcony House for 3rd to 12th Grade School Groups

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 from April to mid-May and September to mid-October each year. This tour is available at no cost for educational groups who meet the following guidelines.

  • 3rd to 12th grade students who are visiting the park for educational purposes.
  • A minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30 students 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 foot (9.8 m) ladder, crawling through a 12 foot-long (3.7 m) tunnel, and climbing up a 60 foot (18 m) open rock face with two 10 foot (3 m) ladders to exit the site.

Spring 2018 Balcony House educational tours are offered from mid-April to late-May. If you are planning an educational visit to the park during this time and would like to request a tour, please submit this online reservation request form to begin the reservation process. Park staff will contact you within 3 business days to complete your reservation. Reservations will be accepted starting at 8:00 am, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

If you have questions about the tours or other questions about planning your visit, please contact the education coordinator at (970) 529-5079.


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Balcony House is known as one of the park’s most adventurous tours. To find out what this means, check out this ranger-guided virtual journey.

Last updated: November 25, 2017

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