Mesa Verde Spruce Tree House

sth_556This cliff dwelling is the best preserved cliff dwelling in all of Mesa Verde National Park.

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.

Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institution opened Mesa Verde Spruce Tree House for visitation following excavation in 1908. Dr. Fewkes removed the debris of fallen walls and roofs and stabilized the remaining walls. Due to the protection of the overhanging cliff, Mesa Verde Spruce Tree House had deteriorated very little through the years and has required little supportive maintenance.

Guided tours are available early November to early March. Self-guided tours are available early March to early April. (No fee required.)

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