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Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park

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Spruce Tree House may not be Mesa Verde’s largest cliff dwelling but it is the best preserved. Roughly 90% of this 114-room dwelling is original. Quite remarkable when you consider that Spruce Tree House was built by the Ancestral Puebloans between 1211 and 1278 A.D. As you tour the ruin consider the life of the Anasazi. Where did the 60 to 80 people that are believed to have lived here sleep, work and play? How did they enter and exit their homes? What was it like in the cold? What were the kivas used for?
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Alfredo De Simone

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Alfredo De Simone

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde

Alfredo De Simone

The ruins at Spruce Tree House

The ruins at Spruce Tree House

Alfredo De Simone

Spruce Tree House reviews
 

A must see

Rating: 
5.0 / 5.0
Submitted on 30 October 2007 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy

This self-guided tour enables families to visit an Anasazi ruin at their own pace. And the well-preserved structures aren't lost on the kids. The brochure, available at the trailhead, provides insight to the more than the cliff dwelling. Pick out topics of interest to your kids rather than read the small booklet from cover to cover. Be sure to take the ladder into the kiva. It was a hit with our 8-year-old daughter as well as our 18-year-old niece.

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Which of the following are descendents of the Anasazi:
Yanomamo Indians
Hopi Indians
Eskimos
Navajo Indians