Scenic USA - Colorado
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
For further detailed information, links to other related sites are provided.
Spruce Tree House
|Photo by Ben Prepelka|
Spruce Tree House, home to ancestral Puebloan people, dates back to the early 1200s. The cliff dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas (ceremonial chambers), built into a recess that measures 216 feet across and nearly 90 feet high. Sometimes called Anasazi, these early American Natives lived and farmed atop the mesa for nearly eight centuries. Today, visitors
descend down a winding path to the natural sandstone shelter, and one of the best preserved dwellings
Verde National Park. At the park there are a dozen
preserved cliff dwellings and archaeological wonders built among
scenic canyons. Other dwelling tours are much more challenging than Spruce Tree House.
Some are located high in the cliffs and require access by way of tall
wooden ladders. Balcony House observers must climb a 32 foot ladder and crawl through a tunnel for close up views,
adding an additional element of adventure.
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