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Spruce Tree House - Mesa Verde NP

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Mon 6a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“cool cliff dwelling!”

**TEMPORARILY CLOSED**   You can get a nice view of this dwelling from the mesa top, though. Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling (Cliff Palace and Long House are larger), was constructed between A.D. 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Puebloan peoples of the Southwest. The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas (kee-vahs), or ceremonial chambers, built into a natural alcove measuring 216 feet (66 meters) at greatest width and 89 feet (27 meters) at its greatest depth. It is thought to have been home for about 60 to 80 people. The cliff dwelling was first discovered in 1888, when two local ranchers chanced upon it while searching for stray cattle. A large tree, which they identified as a Douglas Spruce (later called Douglas Fir), was found growing from the front of the dwelling to the mesa top. It is said that the men first entered the dwelling by climbing down this tree, which was later cut down by another early explorer.

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I think it's really neat to see something that's historic, but not built by Puebloans. The building is well preserved and super cool looking-- you don't need to be an architecture buff to appreciate it

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Spruce Tree House - Mesa Verde NP

Mesa Verde National Park
Colorado
USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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