This is a small section of the pueblo cliff dwelling known as Long House. Cliff Palace may be the most famous and is considered the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, but Long House is a very close second in size. Both are considered to have had 150 rooms each. Cliff Palace is a must see, but Long House is more secluded and as a result there tend to be fewer people. You get to spend more time exploring the site and yes, you do get to climb that ladder. For this reason I enjoyed the Long House tour more and highly recommend it. You will need more time to get to this site as it is about an hour’s drive from the main archeological area in Mesa Verde.