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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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Fascinating From a Distance!

Although we were not allowed to actually visit Spruce Tree House due to ongoing repairs, we were able to see it from a distance. It is the best preserved cliff dwelling, according... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
ALB63
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Hanover, Massachusetts

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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268 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Although we were not allowed to actually visit Spruce Tree House due to ongoing repairs, we were able to see it from a distance. It is the best preserved cliff dwelling, according to our guide. These cliff dwellings were built between 1211 - 1278 by ancestors of the Pueblos. It was amazing to learn about these ancient peoples and view... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is 2nd only to balcony house. It is much easier for the average person to visit, it does require quite a hike but nothing threatening. Again, you see the remarkable skill these ancients possessed and you can't help but be amazed by the fact they have survived 900 years.

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Crestview, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Parts of the walkway were closed to viewing. A ranger was in attendance to give us information, and make sure everyone stayed within the bounds. You can view several storage areas and living areas from a distance, across the canyon. The Balcony House ranger-led tour was much better.

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Thank kmsmolen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Unfortunately, the site is not accessible due to required repairs. However, the site still provides an excellent view from a distance. Makes you want to come back for more :)

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This attraction didn't require a tour. It was a free stop and a great place to take pictures and get a feel for what you might be witnessing later on a tour.

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Payson, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This cliff dwelling is beautiful but was closed so we were only able to see parts of it from the beginning of the trailhead. Watch out for snakes there was one right as we started down the path.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

You have an excellent covered viewing area and even closer view points to get great photos. The area has decent restrooms, a museum, gift shop and restaurant. This is a must see site.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Until you are able to see something like this with your very own eyes, photos only touch on what a place like the Spruce Tree House is really like. Tucked nicely under a cliff in a narrow little valley, the Spruce Tree House is another fabulous example of what the Pueblo people did to secure a safe home and living... More 

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Ponder, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

These dwellings are over 1000 years old. The reception building houses a museum of artifacts and has free literature available to enhance your knowledge of the area and previous inhabitants. Take your time and enjoy learning.

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Independence, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This attraction was not open and probably won't be for a few years. So we could only view it from afar. I assume it is very similar to Cliff Palace

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