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Spruce Tree House

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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705294465
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Relaxing, Self-Guided Tour

You don't need to sign up or pay to visit this dwelling. There were rangers there to answer questions, and for $1 donation you could get a pamphlet to learn more about what you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
scatterjoy1
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Columbus, Georgia
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Columbus, Georgia
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You don't need to sign up or pay to visit this dwelling. There were rangers there to answer questions, and for $1 donation you could get a pamphlet to learn more about what you are seeing. You can enter an underground Kiva and try to grind corn (imaginary) with real stones.

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Creede, Colorado
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was the first one we visited and it was really a great place to start with. rally good tour guide and was very interesting to climb back in time.

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Thank silverminer1891
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the coolest things we have ever done. It was an easy hike with our 2 1/2 year old and even she was impressed.

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Thank Renee651
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200 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

All the "houses" are spectacular. But Spruce Tree House has the advantage of not needing to plan your day in advance. Just go to the Chapin Mesa Museum, and start walking down to the runs.

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1 Thank Islandbruin
Missouri
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106 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We skipped this on our first visit to Mesa Verde several years ago, so we decided to see it this time. A walk down a winding trail ends at the Spruce Tree House Cliff Dwelling where you can walk back and forth looking at and photographing the ruins from behind a rope. Several rangers are stationed down here to answer... More 

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1 Thank pkmsMissouri
Kansas City
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Loved our tour of the Spuce Tree House...kids enjoyed microclimates and the hike was gorgeous. Truly unbelievable how the indigenous people accomplished so much. Well worth the time and drive here.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

From a visit to the museum a steep windy walkway takes visitors down to the cliff dwellings below. Before arriving at the dwellings there is a small wooded forest area with a natural spring, perhaps another reason why the ancient peoples settled here. Once at the dwelling site there are the friendly Rangers to provide information to visitors. Whilst some... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Easy to access and great for photos as people can not walk beyond the corded off areas. It also has a great kiva than you can descend into. There was a ranger on site that was very friendly and informative. My favourite cliff dwelling.

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Thank backpacker111ca
Northern Ontario
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We stopped here planning to go tour the dwelling. Sadly , the tours were canceled because of roof damage that had occurred to the roof . So, the Ranger took us about halfway down the trail and did the talk there. A very helpful and knowledgeable lady made this stop more worthwhile .

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

It is the easiest walk you will do for the payoff. It is < a mile from a visitor center and it is free. Good first cliff home to do before paying for others.

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