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Spruce Tree House - 8 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 24 2015
Booneman
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Booneman
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This was my third National Park in three days, and one I have wanted to visit for a very long time. The persistent rain kept the hiking to a minimum, but I was able to see a number of ruins. This park is fascinating, and the NPS is making a great effort to preserve the structures. Spruce is self-guided, though it's not open until 8:30am when a ranger goes on duty.
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Sep 28 2014
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PatrickL
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Had to see one of the dwellings while I was there. How could you not smile while climbing out of the kiva?
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Sep 22 2014
AZWanderingBea
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64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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AZWanderingBear
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Crowded trail but getting to climb down in a Kiva was worth braving the tourists.
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Jul 14 2014
azdesertfather
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46 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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azdesertfather
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Nice, this one is self guided and doesn't require a tour ticket. There underground kiva here is still fully intact (not just a big open hole, it has it's roof), and you are able to climb down a ladder into it (though expect to wait in line to do so!).
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Jul 06 2014
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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DarthStiller
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After the Balcony House, we did the Cliff Palace. but since my camera was still incapacitated, I don't have any pictures from that. After lunch, we hit the Spruce Tree House, one of the bigger ruins that doesn't require a ticket and a guided tour from a ranger. This hike and the Step House are two of the better actual hikes, so naturally I didn't remember to grab my GPS for those. For Spruce Tree House, you can hit the Petroglyph Trail that goes down the canyon further and then up on the cliff behind the ruin, before it takes you back to the TH/museum.

We got down to the ruin and hung out for a bit. There was a line to get into the recontructed kiva, which had a roof and ladder on it. We did that and were ready to leave when a monsoon storm hit, complete with very nearby lightning strikes. We waited out the rain under the overhang, checking out how the water runs into the ruin from above, giving an idea of how the erosion works on the ruin. We also went into the kiva again to kill some time.

On our way out, we hit the other end of the trail and got above the Step House with an overlook view into the ruin. We also got some better views of the various granaries built above throughout that canyon where food was stored.
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Jul 25 2013
RangerTRX
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49 male
 Joined Apr 25 2008
 Peoria, AZ.
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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RangerTRX
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Jul 23 2013
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Spruce Canyon/Petroglyph Point Loop, CO 
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PatrickL
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Went counterclockwise again. The weather was great albeit warm during the uphill sections. Actually saw a couple other parties along Spruce Canyon Trail this time, all of which had questions about which end of the trail we started on and how much worse it was ahead. We came to the conclusion that the majority of Mesa Verde's visitors don't typically hike.

Oh, and we got to watch some kid try to climb down into a kiva before being hollered at by a park ranger. Good stuff.
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Oct 01 2012
squatpuke
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52 male
 Joined Apr 04 2002
 Flagstaff, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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squatpuke
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We arrived to Mesa Verde later than planned...in fact, it was basically closed (5pm for Visitor Center). The ranger told us that we would be "chased out" at sundown...but gave us some ideas on how to best utilize our 2 or so hours.

We started at Spruce Tree and quickly went down the ruins, decended the Kiva, and came back up. There are many informative signs about the flora/fauna...I tempted fate and touched the "Poison Ivy" (hey! it was a controlled experiment right?) with NO ILL EFFECTS. :)

The ruins are very nice. Rangers patrol the base, ensuring no one goes beyond the roped areas, but they were nice and very informative.

I hope to return to Mesa Verde and spend some quality time; in fact, its on my "short list".
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May 29 2012
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Spruce Canyon/Petroglyph Point Loop, CO 
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PatrickL
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Counter-clockwise starting on Spruce Canyon, then up to Spruce Tree House, and back up and around on Petroglyph Point.

The lizards were out in full force, along with the butterflies and birds. The forest was alive and green. You'd think there would be more people, but I didn't see a soul. That all changed once I closed in on Spruce Tree House - no surprise there. Spent a few minutes looking around, climbed in and out of the kiva, and then took off onto Petroglyph Point. Wasn't alone anymore, but there were only a handful of folks and they were spread out. Came across a very colorful collared lizard and a benchmark on the mesa top.
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Spruce Tree Canyon
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Sep 04 2010
Vaporman
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Vaporman
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After the late drive from PHX, we stayed the night at the Mesa Verde CG and had a few hours the next morning to drive to a handful of the overlooks and drop down this self-guided trail to check out these sweet Anasazi ruins down in this canyon. :D
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Jun 11 2010
PaleoRob
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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According to one of the rangers at the site, the stupidest question they've been asked is "How many sites haven't been found yet?"
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Aug 20 2009
hippiepunkpira
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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hippiepunkpirate
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Short trip down for a glimpse at the Anasazi civilization.
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Hesperus Mountain
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Jul 30 2009
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PatrickL
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Apr 11 2009
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PrestonSands
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I awoke to snow in Cortez, and feared I would not be able to go to Mesa Verde. Figured I'd try anyway. I arrived at the Park's entrance during a break in the storm, just in time for the snow plow to reopen the road. :) I drove across the freshly frosted Mesa, arriving at the Chapin Mesa Museum during round two of the snowstorm. At this point, though, it had warmed up a bit, and the snow wasn't sticking. I walked down to discover the ruin was deserted except for me and two rangers. Talked with them for a bit, descended into the kiva 8) , then headed out when another determined group arrived. A memorable trip!
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Oct 24 2004
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Crzy4AZ
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PaleoRob
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Spruce Tree HouseSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PaleoRob
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Part of the 3-day whirlwind trip v2.0
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