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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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194 reviews 194 reviews
126 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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Omaha, Nebraska
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Spruce Tree House is the most accessible of the five Mesa Verde cliff dwellings open to tourists. There is no need to schedule a tour, and the winding trail in and out of the place is passable for anyone who can walk a mile without stopping. This is a mixed blessing, however, since this makes for the most crowded attraction... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This was a super little tour for our young kids to get to stretch their legs and learn something at the same time. The drive up to the cliff dwellings was phenomenal. The short walk from the parking lot to the dwelling was perfect for the short legs of our kids and they enjoyed climbing down the ladder into the... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The tour guide pointed out many hidden aspects that I am sure I would not have noticed. An original hand print or a butterfly painting, it amazed my young sons that these artifacts still remain. Put this on your bucket list.

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