Journeys From Home: Balcony House

Visit the Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park

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Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park's is home to over six-hundred cliff dwelling sites built by the Ancestral Puebloan people. Balcony House is one of the sites open to the public and is comprised of around forty rooms getting its name from a well-preserved balcony structure.


3D model of Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park - USA by CyArkCyArk

Balcony House at Mesa Verde National Park is located in the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest. Over 800 years ago, Balcony House was home to the ancestral Puebloan people who created multi-storey structures within the naturally formed alcoves of the cliffs

When you look out across the valley today the site may seem isolated, but in the 12th century it was part of a bustling community. Balcony House is one of 600 cliff dwellings which survive today.

Kivas are underground ceremonial rooms which remain at the center of Pueblo communities today. 

Notice the 6 columns or pilasters ringing the kiva. A flat, ground-level roof of latticed beams once rested upon them. An opening in the roofs center provided entry into the kiva via a ladder.

Approaching the Balcony 

Notice the small ledge that extends from this two-story structure. It is from this balcony that the site received its name. Balconies like this one allowed residents to pass from one second-story room to another and provided more usable space.

Take a Tour with Park Ranger Drew Reagan

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