• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Spruce Tree House Tour

Visitors in Spruce Tree House
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Visitors in Spruce Tree House
 
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Visitors on trail to Spruce Tree House

Trail to Spruce Tree House

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Although the walk into Spruce Tree House is probably the "easiest" journey into a cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde, the way is steep and descends 100 feet on a winding path. Total walking distance is 1/2-mile (1km) round trip. The trail is paved and there are no steps or ladders on the entrance trail. Wheelchairs and strollers can be used on the trail. Anyone using a wheelchair will need assistance on the way in and out as the trail does not meet grade requirements.
 
View of Spruce Tree House surrounded by snow in the winter.

Spruce Tree House in winter.

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Spruce Tree House is a self-guided site most of the year, with rangers on duty in the site to answer any questions. During the winter months, free ranger-guided tours are offered three times a day). Please see the Operating Hours & Seasons page for times.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.