Mesa Verde National Park Travel Blog› entry 6 of 9 › view all entries
Got to visit the amazing cliff dwellings today. Since we got there so early, we were able to get tickets to 2 of the sites: Balcony House and the Cliff Palace, both of which are ranger-led tours. Descriptions from the NPS site follow. Balcony House: Adventurous Cliff Dwelling Tour This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing a 32 ft. ladder, crawling through a 12ft.-long tunnel, and climbing up a 60ft (20m) open rock face with two 10ft (3m) ladders to exit the site. Cliff Palace: Mesa Verde’s Largest Cliff Dwelling This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10ft (2.6-3m) ladders, on a 100ft (30m) vertical climb.
Both were amazing! We also drove all around the park to see other sites. We were on a mission to get as many photos as we could before the thunderstorm rolled in, which it finally did around 5pm, just on our way out. We did go up to the overlook where there was a ranger-type person on fire watch (there were 2 the day before, easily contained). The storm continued all night but we awoke the next day to clear skies!