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“Worth the walk” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House
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Waterford
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4 reviews
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“Worth the walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Could actually go amongst the remains of the Cliff Dwelling and get the feel for what it was like to live there. Enjoyed taking photos up close; fantastic photos. A tough walk for those not in great shape, but it can be done, just more slowly and it's worth it.

Visited July 2012
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Kent, Ohio
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“Quite an Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Spruce Tree House is so well preserved that one can hike down on a self-guided tour. Rangers are at the site if you have questions. You can walk among the ruins, go into a restored kiva by ladder straight down, or sit on benches and marvel at the buildings. It is definitely a climb in and out, but just take water and take your time.

Visited September 2012
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Fort Myers, FL
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“Worth the climb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was a great site. You do not need a ranger-guided tour for this one. It is a fairly long climb down and a longer one, fatigue-wise, going back up, but well worth the energy expended. There are rangers at the site to answer questions. The ambiance it great and the insight into the ancient people who lived and worked here are incredible. If you are at Mesa Verde National Park, don't miss the Spruce Tree House.

Visited September 2012
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“Experience the timelessness of the human journey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

I was enthralled and humbled by the beauty of these ancient dwellings in the rocky caves of the Mesa Verde. The historical information was awesome if a bit dated in its wording, Nevertheless, I feel changed by the experience and would recommend it to any one who is interested in history, archaeology or anthropology.

Visited September 2012
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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“Worth the short, but steep walk.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

While not as big as Cliff Palace, this is free and arguably easier to get to - though we saw a number of people puffing, wheezing and resting on the steep, but short and paved trail. The Rangers at the site were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly - usually the norm for Rangers. The nice thing about it being a self-guided site (At this time of year), is that you can truly visit at your own pace without being tied to a crowd. Again, like Cliff House, you need to visit here to fully appreciate where and how the Ancients lived. Food water and toilets are up top, at the start/end of the trail. Despite the steepness of the trail, we saw at least one wheelchair in use (They have my respect).

Visited September 2012
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