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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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Vero Beach, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

A unique experience. Ranger information helpful. Good photo taking. I would recommend visiting.great for kids. Worth the time and effort to get there.

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washington, dc
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We drove many hours to visit. It was hot. We were traveling with our two small children. The park was crowded. The staff selling tickets was extremely curt and rude. A large, older woman, posted at the Spruce Tree House site, made my kids cry by loudly upbraiding them like a prison warden. She then wouldn't even explain the rules... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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599 reviews 599 reviews
472 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This site was the easiest to get in and out of and had some of the most intimate access to the site, you seemed the least restricted.

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Victoria, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We really enjoyed being able to walk around and get a close view of this cliff dwelling. The walk down to the site is easy, if you take your time. For those of us who don't feel comfortable on ladders, this option is very welcome. There were two enthusiastic guides (Keven and John) who were very helpful and informative. Information... More

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Westminster, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A smaller version but the hike down is easy and beautiful. All the park rangers are fantastic and love their job.

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Centennial, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

While we were waiting for our guided tour at cliff palace we stopped here for the self guided variety. It was very fun. There was a very knowledgable (and super friendly) ranger who took a liking to our kids and told them a few unified points. We went into the keva. That was the kids favorite part. My wife and... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Park was great. We ate at the snack bar food was great. The manager Jim was very helpful in telling us things to do. He made our adventure fun with his advice. Very caring and insightful. The museum was fantastic. I highly recommend the park and all the facilities it offers.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped at Spruce Tree House around 10:30 in the morning. There were people there but not that many really. Nice shady walk down to the dwelling. Picked up a guide to the Spruce Tree House for a suggested donation of $1 at the trailhead. I recommend getting one as it provided a lot of information about the dwelling. My... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is down a steep slope so be prepared. There are rangers to answer questions. Good if you have a limited time in the park

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Littleton, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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