Spruce Tree House Trail

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Spruce Tree House Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

0.6 miles
255 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Spruce Tree House is a self-guided tour to a well preserved cliff dwelling inside Mesa Verde National Park. Spruce Tree House is a 1/2 round trip self-guided tour of the best preserved cliff dwelling within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail begins at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and descends down 100 ft. on a paved winding path. On the return trip you ascend back up 100 ft. on the same path.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Spruce Tree House is currently closed and is going to be closed for the foreseeable future due to rock fall danger.


Thursday, May 05, 2016

After our Cliff Palace tour we hiked to the 3rd largest and most accessible and preserved Spruce House Ruin, a great self-guided steep half-mile one-way tour where you can actually climb down into a covered kiva (rangers are available to answer questions). After Spruce Tree House we visited the gift store and just missed an authentic Ute dance on the patio. Easy way to experience the cliff dwellings if you don't want to wait for tickets for Cliff Palace or Balcony House.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Certainly an interesting historic site, but it's pretty crowded, especially with non-hikers, so expect to go fairly slowly. Wear plenty of sunscreen as it does get very hot and exposed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Easy trail all paved not what we like but it was short

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fun hike. The kids loved hiking through the ruins

Friday, July 10, 2015

Little bit of a incline, but well worth it! No fee involved

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This is a great self-guided tour of a very well preserved cliff dwelling. This dwelling is much easier to access then the other dwelling inside Mesa Verde National Park.