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“Wonderful tour, amazing preservation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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53 attraction reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Wonderful tour, amazing preservation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We had the fortune (in my opinion) to visit in mid-December. At that time of year, this is the only cliff dwelling visitors could tour. We were happy that our tour, one of only three for the entire day, consisted of less than ten people. With such a small group, and a boisterous and knowledgeable guide, the tour was absolutely worth the icy 20-mile drive in from civilization. Seeing the preserved structures was awe-inspiring and the guide's remarks were quite educational. The best part of the tour is descending into a subterranean room (kiva) and experiencing how ancestral Puebloans rode out the winter centuries ago. At the end of the tour, about one hour later, you return to the same place you started - the museum. The museum isn't particularly large, but it is well furnished and the dioramas are particularly interesting. The slope of the path our tour took wasn't too bad, though in icier conditions it might require a bit more time.

Visited December 2012
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“Good introduction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

In November, many attractions in Mesa Verde are closed for the season. Spruce Tree House remains open. After viewing the interesting film at the nearby museum, it is a short, but steep walk on a paved trail down to the site. A warning here - if you go down, you have to walk back up - some older folks were having trouble on the return trip. The site is small with limited access to the ruins - much of it is roped off, but it is still interesting. The ranger who is on-site will willingly answer any questions you may have about what you are experiencing. Before leaving the museum, purchase your tickets for the guided trip to Cliff Palace, a far more interesting and spectacular site.

Visited November 2012
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Olympia, WA
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“Getting Up Close to a Ruin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The ability to visit one of the cliff dwellings up close without a group tour and no ladders to climb was very appealing. There is a bit of a hike, but there weren't the crowds like at the more famous sites.

Visited October 2012
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Walkertown, North Carolina
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“to imagine that people lived here 1200 or more yrs ago”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

hubby and I really enjoyed this trail; it is one of the largest and best preserved cliff dwellings we have seen on this trip

Visited August 2012
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Atchison, Kansas
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“Hard to believe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

It is had to believe that this is all real. That people really lived here hundreds of years ago. This is easier to get to than Cliff Place and very similiar only smaller. Awesome

Visited September 2012
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