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Spruce Tree House

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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Phone Number: +1 970-529-4465
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Good views of a well preserved cliff dwelling

The trail to the best viewpoint was closed due to rock slides so we were very disappointed. However we could walk part way and still enjoyed the views that we had.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
StuartJanine
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Montreal, Canada

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail to the best viewpoint was closed due to rock slides so we were very disappointed. However we could walk part way and still enjoyed the views that we had.

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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail to Spruce House is actually a loop...a little exertion and you're there. The ruins are stunning...no two ways about it! The petroglyphs are likewise unworldly. The information boards clearly detail what took place and the status of restorations. Fantastic!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Spruce Tree House was our first stop on a recent trip to Mesa Verde National Park. It is located in the Chapin Mesa area of the park and shares a parking lot with the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and the Spruce Tree Terrace restaurant. Due to rockslides you aren't able to tour the site but can view it from an... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I could write a separate review on each of the major sites inside the park for Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House, Long House, The Research Center, Chapin Mesa Museum, Step House and others but I am not. I am going to make this easy on myself and hopefully give you a broad over view of the park in... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Yet another amazing architectural landmark in Mesa Verde NP. We did not go down to these houses, but instead admired from across the valley. Easily accessible viewpoint- absolutely worth enjoying the views.

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Our tour guide was great at explaining all the history surrounding these former dwelling places. Due to rock slides you are no longer allowed entrance. There is a great view just outside the Museum. If you zoom in with your camera you can get a great picture. Just amazing how they lived and gathered enough food and water.

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Payson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

They call this the "spruce tree house" because it was originally visited by shinnying down what was thought to be a spruce tree. The tree is long gone but the name stayed. You can view this "house" from a lookout across a canyon. Interesting structures.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Access to Spruce Tree House is restricted due to rock slide potential. There is a nice lookout just out back of the Museum and a friendly and knowledgeable ranger is stationed there to answer any questions.

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Pflugerville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It is understandable that you can't get closer due to the fact that there is a crack in the rock. It makes it unsafe for people to get any closer than seeing it from the observation point. The Ranger on duty was very knowledgeable about the history of the treehouse. Will go back and see the other ruins. We just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is the 3rd largest and best preserved cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park. built between A.D. 1200 & 1280. One of the largest of over 600 dwellings in the park.

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