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Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Cave dwelling built by the Ancient Pueblos (or Anasazi) inside Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Visitors can walk down a trail to see it, take... more »
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Littleton, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you have limited time, this might be your best choice. The hike is short and you get to walk through the ruins and even enter a kiva. There are Rangers around that are very helpful, especially with children and foreigners who might need extra help understanding the ruins. There is a restaurant close and the museum is very interesting... More

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Tampa, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

What an absolutely amazing and incredible place to visit! We had such a wonderful time on our visit and we hope to go back very very soon!

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Pittsburgh, Pa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is worth doing, but I would still suggest going on one of the guided tours. - Do it in the morning. - The kids liked climbing into the kiva. - It was harder to get good photos since this doesn't require a reservation. - It was nice to go at our own pace, but you miss all the information... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived on our own at 7:00 AM and had the place to ourselves. At 7:00 the trail is not open, but one can view this home from the overlook with great photo opportunities too. Stunning to be here with no other people!!

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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197 reviews 197 reviews
128 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You can tour this ruin all on your own plus get much closer than the guided tours. In the museum and along the trail there are boxes with guides to this house. Also there are a couple of rangers on site to ask questions. Steep paved path on the way, though, and it is in the full sun most of... More

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Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very helpful staff, neat museum, paved path for a not too hard hike to the spruce place, get to explore the dwellings and even go underground, free! Very cool historic site, beautiful views on drive thru park. Must see!

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Witney, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
74 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to be shown around these cliff dwellings by a very friendly couple who we met on holiday early in the year who invited us to stay with them. They both used to be park rangers in the national park and now live just a 20 minute drive down the road in the small town of Mancos... More

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33149
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

You do not need tickets for this cliff dwelling so that is a major plus. It is a good size. There was a ranger there to answer questions. Hike is pretty easy in and out. If you don't think you can do the hike, you can just look at it from the museum, post office area and it is still... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My eldest 4 and husband went on this one. My four year old was in a mood so we chilled on a bench and had some water. They repeatedly said that the Cliff Palace tour was better than this one but it was an easier climb. If you were unable to get into one of the tour, my husband said... More

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Tampere
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This dwelling was about as interesting as the ones that require a guided tour, but it lacked the climbing and ranger's narrative which made a lot to the experience. But if the tours are full, I guess this would make it worth driving all the way up there.

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