(This tour is not available in 2020)
Looking for an early morning adventure? This daily, early bird tour offers benefits of a small group size, cooler temperatures, and more time in the dwelling than a regular Balcony House tour. It is also available for advance, online reservations!
On this 90-minute tour, you will climb a 32-foot (9.8 m) ladder, crawl through an 18-inch wide (45 cm) and 12-foot (3.7 m) long tunnel, and climb up a 60-foot (20 m) open cliff face with stone steps and two 10-foot (3 m) ladders to exit.
Cameras are welcome, but you must be able to carry all of your gear while keeping your hands free to climb the ladders.
The tour begins at the north end of the Balcony House parking lot, a 24-mile (38.6 km), 1 to 11/4 hour drive from park entrance. Meet the ranger at the benches under the shade structure at Balcony House at least 15 minutes in advance of start of tour.
The tour is offered daily at 8:00 am from May 27, 2018 to September 8, 2018.
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Consider your physical health before joining a hike, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134 m and 2286 m) above sea level. You should plan for all weather possibilities because weather conditions are quite variable. Depending on the time of year It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm or snowstorm.
From the park entrance, drive 20 miles (32.2 km) to the all-way stop on Chapin Mesa. Turn left. Drive 0.4 miles (0.6 km). Turn left. Balcony House is 3.4 miles (5.5 km) ahead. The tour begins at the north end of the Balcony House parking lot, a 24-mile (38.6 km), 1 to 11/4 hour drive from park entrance. Meet the ranger at the benches under shade structure at Balcony House at least 15 minutes in advance of start of tour.