Balcony House Loop Trail

EASY 13 reviews
#4 of 17 trails in

Balcony House Loop Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October.

0.3 miles 125 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Balcony House is a 1 hour ranger guided tour through a cliff dwelling located in Mesa Verde National Park. This tour is considered the most challenging tour due to the fact that visitors will have to descend a 100 foot staircase, climb a 32 ft. ladder, climb through a 12 ft. by 18 in. wide tunnel, and then climb an additional 60 ft. of ladders and stone steps to exit the cliff dwelling.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and scenic trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Pleasant 70-minute guided tour. Our ranger, Jeff Brown, was a great storyteller who tried to get us to think like a cliff-dwelling inhabitant of the site in pre-Columbian times. The hike is easy, but if you take young children, be aware that they might balk at the ladder they must climb to exit the site. While we were leaving, one child refused to climb and her parent didn't have control over her. Not a pretty sight. Great value at $4 per person, with tickets available at the Visitor Center near the entrance to the Park.

walking
3 months ago

Not a long trail, but a very cool, ranger guided tour through the cliff dwellings. You get the opportunity to crawl through their living quarters, climb a 32 foot tall ladder and experience some of what the natives experienced. Fun time learning about the past.

hiking
4 months ago

A really fun trail, ranger led. Climbing ladders and crawling through a few tight spots on the evening sun. Very nice

hiking
5 months ago

Wasn't hard at all. I guess maybe it would be if you're scared of heights but it wasn't strenuous.

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is an educational hike guided by a ranger. It is not long in distance but plan on 60-90 minutes for the tour. It requires climbing ladders and squeezing through a couple of tight spaces. With that said the experience is phenomenal! You get a small glimpse into the lives of ancient Native Americans and their adaptability. Our ranger guide, Kevin, was knowledgeable about these people and provided insight into their lives.

walking
7 months ago

Awesome experience. We had people of all ages in our group. Don't be intimidated by the ladder climb. It's not as bad as it sounds. A few people decided to back out unnecessarily after the guide's description...not because they were afraid of heights, but just due to the guide's description. Do it atleast once. It's a guided tour.

geocaching
1 year ago

This is the best $4 guided trip ever

hiking
1 year ago

Loved the large ladder, ruins and tour

1 year ago

Great tour, large ladder to climb to get into the balcony house.

hiking
1 year ago

Balcony House is an amazing cliff dwelling inside Mesa Verde National Park. The trail to get to the dwelling and to get out of the dwelling is challenging and you have to climb a 32 ft. ladder to get into the dwelling, and then to exit the dwelling you have to crawl through a small tunnel and the climb another 60 ft. of ladder and stone steps to exit the dwelling. Although it is a little challenging the trail is not overwhelming and my wife, myself, and our 8 year old daughter was able to do it without much issue. This is a great place to visit and I think that if you're in Mesa Verde you should definitely do the tour. It was awesome!!