Mesa Verde National Park – Spruce Tree House – Day #6

After a filling lunch and purchasing more postcards with which to continue my slightly unusual quest in bombarding my mother with mail during the month of August, I headed out for a self-guided tour of Spruce Tree House.  Located next to the Chapin Mesa Museum, gift shop and post office, Spruce Tree House gets a lot of foot traffic due to its proximity and lack of fee.

The trail was, once again, downhill through my favorite walkways of all, switchbacks (*sarcasm sign*).  It then continued on a paved path continuing downwards and passing the first poison ivy I’d seen since leaving Tennessee until I reached the dwellings.

 

I’d say Spruce Tree House looked about the same size as Balcony House, but you can’t climb on the dwellings like in Balcony House.  There are some ropes blocking the way into the dwellings and two rangers stand nearby just in case.  The cool thing about Spruce Tree House that I didn’t see anywhere else is that there is a kiva complete with roof that you can actually climb down in and explore!  Granted, the kivas aren’t very large in the grand scheme of things, so there’s not a lot to explore, but it’s still a very cool, unique experience.

After I checked out the dwellings, I climbed back up the path and switchbacks to the trailhead.  Hiking past all the people stopping along the way, dying to catch their breath made me just realize how far I’ve come since I’ve started this blog several months ago.  All the walking and hiking I’ve done has really started to pay off!  I still have quite a ways to go, but it’s nice to see the fruits of one’s labor.

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