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Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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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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Los Angeles, California
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743 reviews 743 reviews
359 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you can't do steps or ladders, this is the only cliff dwelling you can visit in Mesa Verde NP. Paved trail with no steps down/back so wheelchairs (with a charged battery or strong assistant) and strollers can go down to visit. It is packed dirt in the site itself. Rangers are stationed in the site to answer questions. This... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Spruce Tree House is the most well preserved dwelling at Mesa Verde, and it was definitely worth seeing. There is a bit of a hike down to the dwelling (which makes for a, um, fun hike back up), but the path is easy to walk on. It's really cool to see all the dwellings, and you even get to climb... More

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Griffin, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I thoroughly recommend taking this tour if you get a chance. It's a very rigorous hike to the tree house but beautiful scenic area and you can rest if you need to. It's amazing and very cool to see up close and be able to imagine how they lived so many years ago. Really enjoyed the tour.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

If you are at all interested in Southwest archeology, don't miss this small, but very well done museum at the Spruce Tree House site.

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Los Altos, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A short hike on a paved road leads you to the ruins. It is a very well-run place. You have rangers there to answer any questions you may have. Get down from the KIVA roof to see what it looks like inside a Kiva. You will be amazed how people at that time built it to serve its purpose. After... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Doesn't require a ticket. Another classic cliff dwelling and you can enter one of the kivas. Pretty shaded walk.

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northumberland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Only house in the Park you can self guide. Others you must pay for a Ranger guided tour. buy your tickets at the visitor centre before you enter the park. quite a steep walk down to the site of the house, that means a steeper hike back up. but well worth it. If you do have questions a Ranger is... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was one of my favorites because it was so interactive. You get to climb down into an actual Kiva, the roof has been reconstructed so you don't need to imagine 80-100 logs, you actually see it. It was not crowded when we went so I stayed down for a while.... I get how it is such a spiritual place.... More

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Melbourne - Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a self guided tour of one of the cliff dwellings. Take some time at the museum before hand, there is a short informative video about the pueblo people, a must, then wind your way down the canyon to the house, another amazing construction. There is a kiva with thereof on, you can climb down the short ladder and... More

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Galveston, Texas
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35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

In this area they have a museum and several trail heads but Spruce Tree House is an impressive ruin. You have to walk down a nice walkway, (you can see the ruin from across the canyon on the walk), then up he other side of the canyon to get there but it's well worth it. It's a free, self guided... More

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