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 sandstone 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. The people that built this place used materials available to them, Juniper wood and Pinyon pine for beams, sandstone carved into blocks, and mortar made from local clay shaped with their own hands.
In 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill to protect this treasure, making Mesa Verde a National Park. Due to its fragile nature, access to this site is restricted today.
LiDAR and photogrammetric data are available for this project at openheritage3D.org