Balcony House Trail
ElevationAscent: 80' 24 m
Descent: -81' -25 m
High: 6,800' 2,073 m
Low: 6,719' 2,048 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“An adventuresome route through the cliffs to the Balcony House cliff dwelling site.”— Hunter R
The trail itself presents many exciting challenges as visitors will have to descend a 100-foot staircase into the canyon before climbing a 32-foot ladder, and then crawling through a 12-foot, 18-inch wide tunnel. This tour is definitely not for those with a fear of heights or small spaces! After passing through the tunnel, you'll still have another 60 feet of climbing on ladders and stone steps to reach the Balcony House.
Once to the cliff dwelling itself, visitors are rewarded with an amazing cliffside view and an educational tour of the amazingly well-preserved Mesa Verde cliff dwelling.
The Balcony House, which is considered a medium size cliff dwelling, has a total of 40 rooms, and visitors can easily see how the rooms and passageways in the alcove were constructed over time. The dramatic views, well-preserved structures, and exciting features of this cliff dwelling are definitely what make it one of the most memorable sites in the park today.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mesa Verde National Park