• Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde, Colorado

      Photo by Peter Thody
      The huge cliff that overhangs this site makes Spruce Tree House the best preserved of all Mesa Verde's Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Follow the 0.5-mile paved trail down to the site and you're free to wander among the impressive remains of what was, 700 years ago, home to about 80 people. There's a reconstructed kiva (a ceremonial chamber) that you can climb down into. No tickets or prebooking is required, and park rangers are there to explain how the former residents lived.

      If you go:
      The trail head leading down to Spruce Tree House is also the location of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. There are dioramas depicting Ancestral Puebloan life, artifacts and a 25-minute orientation film. There's a bookstore, restrooms, cafe, gift shop and post office nearby too.


      Chaplin Mesa
      Mesa Verde, Colorado 81330 USA

      Mailing address:
      PO Box 8
      Mesa Verde, CO 81330-0008 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (970) 529-4465