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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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Great winter visit

We visited Mesa Verde during the winter and Spruce Tree House was the only cliff dwelling open to for visitors. Tours are offered three times a day by the park rangers. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited Mesa Verde during the winter and Spruce Tree House was the only cliff dwelling open to for visitors. Tours are offered three times a day by the park rangers. The cliff dwelling itself is a short walk from the visitor center. The ranger for our tour was not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also quite entertaining. We learned a... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Many visits through the years, and always take visiting family and friends. Enjoy the views over the canyon, the well maintained cliff dwelling, and for the fit, the loop trail to the Pictograph Point (really petroglyphs) includes other sites along the way, and a nice return through the pinyon/juniper woods. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My wife and I explored these ruins during a cool time of year. It was actually chilly. We wore hiking shoes. I had a guidebook, so we were able to figure out what we were seeing. Besides, I've studied the Anasazis, so I had a good background on their culture.

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a must see. We visited Mesa Verde NP in the off-season, so this was the only ruin open. And what a great experience. Purchase the Trail Guide for the suggested donation of $1.00. This will help you understand and better appreciate exactly what you are viewing. You will note that the ruins are DOWN, which means that you... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Since we went during spring break not all the locations are open. It was great to see these ruins up close. Nice hike down and back up from the museum.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was the only of the major ruins open as were there is March 2015. It is apparently the best preserved. It was wonderful and the park ranger there who answered questions was excellent too.

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Kanab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was the only part of the park open to be explored during our visit, but it was still awesome. Few people were here when we arrived, and there was a ranger hanging around. We asked her a lot of questions and she was extremely knowledgeable and engaging on every subject, telling us all about farming and daily life in... More 

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Calhoun, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited Mesa Verde National Park as part of a larger trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Canyon. Though the other two were beautiful, Mesa Verde was our favorite. The main reason was the tour of Spruce Tree House. Our guide was fantastic. The views were terrific. The history is amazing. Being history teachers, we absolutely loved... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited in Jan, the Spruce Tree house has a guided tour three times a day in the winter. The other major sites are closed, however you can see a few on the 6 mile drive loop. We will definitely return in the Spring to enjoy the entire park!

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Well worth the 25 mile drive from Park entrance to Spruce Tree House. Some great vistas along the way. Nice little hike down into the canyon which is steep but paved. I would say wheel chair access is limited at this point. Take water and rest rooms are back at the car park Ruins well presented and in great condition... More 

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