The stonework of this 40-room cliff dwelling, which housed about 40 or 50 people, is impressive, but you're likely to be even more awed by the skill it must have taken to reach this place. Perched in a sandstone cove 600 feet above the floor of Soda Canyon, Balcony House seems almost suspended in space. Even with the aid of modern passageways and a partially paved trail, today's visitors must climb a 32-foot ladder and crawl through a 12-foot-long tunnel to enter. Surrounding
the house is a courtyard with a parapet wall and the intact balcony for which the house is named. A favorite with kids, the dwelling is accessible only on a ranger-led tour. Purchase ticket at the Visitor and Research Center, Morefield Ranger Station, or the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez.
Cliff Palace/Balcony House Rd., 10 miles south of Far View Visitor Center, Cliff Palace Loop, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, 81330, United States