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Excavated in 1910 by national park service archaeologist Jesse Nusbaum, the Balcony House site contains a 40-room cliff dwelling once populated by the Ancestral Puebloans around A.D. 1200. Today, the Balcony House provides visitors with a glimpse into the architecture, religion, and daily life of a once-vibrant people.

Short Hike: Visitors can only access the site through a ranger-led tour. Tickets for the tour are required and can be purchased at several locations around the park. For more information, visit the park's website.

Tours meet at the Balcony House Trail Parking Area, and take about an hour. Be prepared for the most adventurous Mesa Verde trail experience you will have, as you crawl through an 18-inch wide tunnel, numerous passageways, and up a 32-foot ladder to reach the archaeological site.

Gem Type: Prehistoric Site

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Hunter R

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Aug 3, 2020
Cary Greenfield
Never got to see, have to do ranger led hike to see it
Jun 14, 2020
Joan Sheets
Jan 26, 2020
Jean-Claude Linossi
Sep 26, 2019
Lanny N Donna Holbrook
Aug 24, 2019
Tom Herr
Ranger led tour to unique east facing ruin. Ladders to climb in and out. Leave ruin through a tunnel.
Aug 19, 2019
Stephanie Palmer
Family vacation
Aug 1, 2019
BRIAN LARSON
Jul 31, 2019
Jeremy Ratliff
Amazing experience! The climb back out is intense.

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