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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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Utah
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155 reviews 155 reviews
34 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I thought the spruce house was great because I didn't have a ticket for the cliff palace and I was worried I wouldn't breakable tosses any of the ruins up close. The spruce house if for people like me who don't plan very well and just show up :-)

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Our kids loved this! It was so interesting and well laid out and beautifully kept. The hike down is steep but the walk up was hard but felt great on the legs. Don't attempt if you are injured or can't handle inclines.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This dwelling was right beside the current park museum. It didn't involve any climbing, and it followed a paved path. The path is a bit steep, but if you give yourself time, its a relatively moderate walk. Bring water, even though it may not look that far. You'll be glad you did. You also get the opportunity to walk down... More

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Shanghai, China
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

For our family the Spruce Tree House was the perfect dwelling to tour. We picked up 2 of the self tour brochures on our way down the trail. We went early in the day - in fact we were there just as they were opening for the day, & it was perfect. Cooler temps, less direct sun, & few tourists... More

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Moline, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a self tour but there are Rangers available to answer questions. The highlight is entering a kiva in which the roof has been authentically reconstructed so you can get a feel for these structures. WARNING: The walk is on sloped sidewalk and quite a strenuous walk back up the hill. If you are able to handle the walk,... More

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A small hike takes you to Spruce Tree House, allowing you to see it from different angles as you approach. There is no need to arrange a tour for this one, which makes it highly accessible. Spruce Tree House quickly gives you a good sample of Mesa Verde's attractions.

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El Paso, Texas
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131 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Amazing house on the edge of cliff. The best location to photograph the cliff house is at the very beginning of the trail.

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Steens, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The uphill climb is a little strenuous, but it's a fun hike and we met nice people along the way. Simply beautiful area. Very historical. Be prepared to learn as you go and enjoy learning! I would go here again!

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Vero Beach, Florida
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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