(02-23-16) Due to safety concerns related to rock falls from the alcove surrounding Spruce Tree House, the cliff dwelling is closed for the foreseeable future, until a full geotechnical assessment can be performed. Overlooks near the museum offer superb views of the Spruce Tree House. More information>>
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.
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.
Last updated: August 19, 2016