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Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Temporary Closure of Spruce Tree House Trail
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Long Needed Trail Rehabilitation
Due to a major rehabilitation of the Spruce Tree House trail, the Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling will be temporarily closed to the public from April 11 to April 30, 2010. The rehabilitation of this popular trail is one of the projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The trail has not had extensive maintenance in over 20 years, and will be upgraded to better meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The project includes documentation of historic stone construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps, repairing and rebuilding retaining walls, correcting trail pitch and slope, and resurfacing the trail tread.
Although much of this work has been accomplished with little to no impact to the visiting public, the park will repave the entire length of the trail beginning April 11, 2010. The repaving was carefully timed to take place when temperature and weather conditions permitted, but before the busy summer season. Due to the narrow width of the Spruce Tree House trail, visitors will not be able to access the site safely while the trail is being repaved. From April 11 to April 30, Spruce Tree House and trail will be closed.
During the Spruce Tree House trail closure:
The Spruce Tree House Trail rehabilitation project began in June, 2009. Work on the trail has been accomplished by park maintenance staff, Southwest Youth Conservation Corp in Durango, and the trail crew from Saguaro National Park. Trail pavement will be removed, asphalt recycled, and reapplied. Trail rehabilitation will continue through the summer, but will not impact the visiting public. The project should be completed in late August or early September, 2010.
For more information, please see Spruce Tree House, Alternative Spring 2010 Schedule.
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.