Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park

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Join an intimate ranger-guided tour and explore Balcony House, the 13th-century cliff dwelling built by the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. Be prepared to climb ladders, crawl through tunnels, and descend into a canyon via a 30 m (100 ft) long staircase. The archeological site was first discovered by a group of entrepreneurs in 1884, but nearly 30 years passed before the archeologist Jesse Nusbaum excavated this mid-sized dwelling with 40 rooms in 1910. The one-hour tour is somewhat physically challenging and if you suffer from claustrophobia or fear of heights, you might want to skip it. Put Balcony House on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mesa Verde National Park travel website.
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  • Occurring during the middle of our archaeological tour through New Mexico and Southern Colorado, Mesa Verde more than held its own compared to Chaco Canyon and Hovenweep. Getting into and navigating.....  more
    Occurring during the middle of our archaeological tour through New Mexico and Southern Colorado, Mesa Verde more than held its own compared to Chaco Canyon and Hovenweep. Getting into and navigating.....  more »
  • We viewed this from the road side point. The view is close a good pair of binoculars will help you appreciate the complexity of the design and construction of the site. 
    We viewed this from the road side point. The view is close a good pair of binoculars will help you appreciate the complexity of the design and construction of the site.  more »
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  • Just stunning... make sure to take your time and soak it in.
  • It's a nice walk ok a trail to be able to see the dwelling.

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