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Spruce Tree House

Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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95%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
69 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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Naples, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We visited Mesa Verde National Park in early October and were blown away by this ancient area. To get to it there is a bit of a hike on a switch-back paved downhill path. But there were a few people who needed rest stops on the way back up so keep that in mind. There are park rangers at the... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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37 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Park brochure seems to imply that this site is accessible to those with mobility issues - if they have help. Well, unless that help is going to carry you on their shoulders it is not going to happen. I started down in my mobility scooter when after seeing seniors sitting struggling to breath, and one nursing his heart condition,... More 

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denver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A beautiful place. Great museum at Spruce Tree, but some of the museum rooms do not have ramp(s) for a wheelchair. Pretty strenuous hike back UP from the Spruce Tree ruin, bring water and rest often. Excellent gift shop and very informative and helpful staff, from the rangers to the shop staff to the volunteers, everyone very welcoming. We visited... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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191 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

If you cannot do other ranger tours, then make the effort to walk down this well paved path to the pueblo ruins below. They are great and well worth it. You can climb down the ladder into the kiva if you want. The ranger on duty will answer all questions and is happy to tell you a bit of the... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is by far the least strenuous of the 3 major tours at Mesa Verde. It is a paved steep trail down and up, but manageable with rest stops and water. It is the best preserved of the all the sites. There is no tour guide until you reach the ruins where there are NPS rangers to answer your questions.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We had a guide as the benefit of a tour of National Parks - and just one day at Mesa Verde. All the points of interest are well documented on the park plan and described at each "venue". We spent the morning looking at pit houses and several view points. A quick lunch of "take away" style food in the... More 

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minnesota
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Excellent examples of ancient pueblo architecture. If you are able, tike time to climb into the kiva, it is an interesting experience. Hike to Petroglyph Point from here- remember to take water on the hike

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

You need to walk downhill and back uphill to get a closer look, but the hike is well worth it. The onsite rangers added interesting perspective.

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San Diego
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Easy access, rangers on duty with info. Bigger than balcony house. Can climb down into a kiva and get an idea of what it would have been like to shelter in one with 20 others for the winter! Cramped!!

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