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Spruce Tree House - V2
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This is a second snapshot of the Indians ruins at Mesa Verde. I visited Mesa Verde in April. The temperatures were perfect and the views were spectacular. We only had a short time there so the decision was to visit the Spruce Tree house which is accessible without a tour. It was morning and quiet, allowing me to take quite a few pictures before the crowds started to arrive. I would love to see this dwelling as the sun sets!
The Spruce Tree House is the third largest cliff dwelling (Cliff Palace and Long House are larger), and was constructed between A.D. 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Puebloan peoples of the Southwest. The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas (kee-vahs), or ceremonial chambers, built into a natural alcove measuring 216 feet (66 meters) at greatest width and 89 feet (27 meters) at its greatest depth. It is thought to have been home for about 60 to 80 people.
The cliff dwelling was first discovered in 1888, when two local ranchers chanced upon it while searching for stray cattle. A large tree, which they identified as a Douglas Spruce (later called Douglas Fir), was found growing from the front of the dwelling to the mesa top. It is said that the men first entered the dwelling by climbing down this tree, which was later cut down by another early explorer.
Mesa Verde has several dwelling sites that are open to visitors. Most are by guided tour only. It also has incredible vistas and top side sites that one can visit as well. The history and natural beauty of this park makes it well worth a visit even if it is a short one!
June 18th, 2013
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