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Very easy and it is very interesting. Cool views and amazing history.

Guided tour. Amazing place :-)

I participated the tour. It's so funny. It's a good experience to climbing the ladder and pass through the narrow holes to enter the house.

Be warned, this trail tour does involve a pretty tall ladder climb (guide said it’s about 3 stories) and then a few more ladder climbs and a crowd tunnel at the end. Other wise it was cool and not hard at all.

Did this little trail to kill some time before our tour. It was kind of cool to see the vegetation regrowth after the forest fire 16 years ago.

hiking
22 days ago

Really enjoyed doing this longer tour, and that the dwelling did not have any other tour groups in it than ours. As with all the tours, it helps to know a little bit before you go - so if you can attend a ranger talk or watch the museum video first it does inform that actual cliff dwelling tours. We enjoyed this Long House tour more than the Balcony House tour. We also saw wild/trespassed (as they say) horses on our drive back.

After doing the 2-hour tour at Long House this one seemed pretty short, but was certainly enjoyable and had some fun ladders and tunnels to navigate. I liked that we had done Long House first, as we learned more in that one, and meant I could pick out more things seeing Balcony House on this quick tour.

Must do in Mesa Verde

WARNING! You need to purchase a ticket at the main visitors center to access this trail. Which you wouldn’t know unless you stopped at there on the way in and talked to a ranger. If you (like me) skip the visitors center and go straight for trails you would never know. There are no signs or information leading into the park to let you know this. We drove 27 miles to the trailhead just to be told “sorry but you are not allowed access to this trail without tickets, please drive 54 miles round trip to go get them). Which we were willing to do but by the time we made it back to the visitors center they were sold out of “tickets” till late in the afternoon (this was at 8:15am). If you’re not there by 7am don’t waste your times Tickets to go hiking? Never heard of this in my life. Terrible experience.

love the scenic trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Our ranger was entertaining and taught us about the history of the dwelling. The structures were beautiful, surprisingly well intact, and we were able to go onto the upper level of the dwelling and walk through it. The tour ends at the house, not the parking lot, so be sure to add in time to get back. This hike is much longer and more strenuous than the other guided tours.

scenic driving
1 month ago

There were plenty of stops on the road to see cliff dwellings, pit houses, and stunning canyon views, plus we saw a snake in the road that was around 5 FEET LONG!

Beautiful views of Soda Canyon. Ranger Jackie was very funny and informative. My mother was able to do the ladders and tunnels. Would rate hike as easy. Kivas and structures were stunning! So worth the $5. Also saw some hawks circling around the canyon!

walking
1 month ago

Simple trail, not much of a hike. Started in the morning on the way to Balcony House. Beautiful structures not far from each other. Saw a couple of deer. Great way to start the day. Parking is limited, but you get to walk right next to the buildings.

Easy walk for some pretty views. Overall not as scenic.

I took my four-year-old with me. The $5 is worth it. There is a 30ft ladder you climb followed by ruins followed by a tunnel you crawl through followed by two 15 ft ladders. I'd recommend watching the history video at the museum first.

hiking
1 month ago

Not much of a hike, but a great informative tour of the dwellings. Some ladder use is required, but it is easy.

Quick and easy walk to the lookout point with some great views of the mesa. Pretty straight forward and flat, parking at the trailhead and not many people on the trail, which separates into a small loop towards the end.

Do the whole loop around the badger sites for some great views of cliff dwellings. This area is not monitored much and is burned up pretty bad but if you’re into ancient ruins take the walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this 6-16 had slight rain but almost had the ruins to ourselves

Trail closed when we were there, but at the beginning of the trailhead you can see it across the canyon and it’s the closest dwelling without hiking to that you can see.

Quick trail and you can see the cliff dwellings.

***check in with the visitor center to book your guided tour if you want to walk through the cliff dwellings*** Well worth the $5.
This park was amazing. We saw the balcony house at 12 and the cliff house at 2 and it was sufficient time to get to the next as well as time well spent. We ended spending the entire day here.

Longer than stated on here. Ranger guided trail. Most exposure to sun on the first and last (loop) part of this trail. Small area of switchbacks that are little narrow in places-if you have kids, keep an eye on them. All in all, this was my favorite ranger led hike (I did them all). Take LOTS of water. Especially if hiking in warm temps. I can’t say that enough.

Completed this last summer. Ranger was grouchy and really ruined the experience. Trail, although a little difficult in places, was in great shape, well preserved and maintained. This is a Ranger-guided tour.

hiking
2 months ago

You will not be disappointed. Amazing tour.

5$ guided tours of the largest cave dwelling in the park. Ranger James was an amazing guide and gave great insight into the parks history. One of the rangers ahead of us even played a native American song on the flute and it gave me chills. Definitely a must see spot in the park.

The hike does cost 5$ per person because it is ranger guided and the round trip is a couple more miles than it says on here. Ranger Doug lead the tour for our group and did an excellent job, very insightful into the history of the park.

Great historic hike, lots of cool facts about the ruins along the way.

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