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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Balcony Cliff Dwelling at Mesa Verde

 We visited several cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.
Balcony is more challenging to visit, because there is a climb on a 32 ft. ladder to reach Balcony House.  Exiting this cliff dwelling requires crawling through a 12ft.-long tunnel, and climbing up a 60ft (20m) open rock face with two 10ft (3m) ladders.

 This is the trail to the entry ladder.
Below, you can see people climbing the 32 foot ladder to enter the Balcony House cliff dwelling.
Yes, it was kind of scary.

This is one of the smaller cliff dwellings and it is well hidden.
It is not possible to see it from the road above.

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